Stamford crews will work from a base in Bourne in radical shake-up of services
Stamford ambulance station will close and crews covering the area will begin their shifts in Bourne following a decision to twin the town’s station.
The East Midlands Ambulance Service, known as Emas, approved the twinning of the station as an interim measure, at a trust board meeting on September 30.
Emas insists the twinning programme, which will see Stamford and Bourne’s staff sharing one base in Bourne, and Melton’s and Oakham’s staff sharing one base in Oakham, will not impact on response to 999 calls or levels of service.
It will mean staff from Stamford and Melton travelling to their twinned stations to start their shift, picking up their vehicles and then either responding to a 999 call or moving to a ‘strategic stand-by point’ and awaiting their next call.
The move is the first step in the changes Emas will make as part of its Being the Best programme which will see nine central hubs, 19 stations and 108 smaller community ambulance posts created in a bid to improve response times.
As part of the twinning programme half the stations involved, including the Stamford station in Ryhall Road will close.
The twinning programme was due to be completed by December 8 however the Emas board insisted the project could not start until community ambulance stations, were in place.
The move comes as a temporary reprieve for Bourne and Oakham with the station in South Road, Bourne, and Station Road, Oakham, now expected to stay operational for a number of years.
Emas is still consulting on how many years it will take to carry out the changes however if the longest, 10 year, option is chosen, the arrangement will remain in place until new permanent ambulance stations are built in Market Deeping in 2020 and Melton in 2019.
At that time the Bourne and Oakham stations will close.
An Emas spokesman said: “Two station twinnings have already taken place in Nottinghamshire with no derogation of local ambulance service or provision. There will be no difference to local people.
“Twinning is an interim measure which helps us deliver the aims of our Being the Best plans. We continue to respond to local 999 calls as we do now - by getting the nearest available ambulance resource to them as quickly as possible.”
The spokesman added: “We understand that change is never easy and at Emas we are experiencing significant developments in all areas of our service.”
There will be no frontline job losses as a result of the twinning project.