Ambulance consultation ends

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A decision on the future of Spalding ambulance station – and others across the East Midlands – will be made at the end of January following a three-month consultation.

The Being the Best exercise, which saw East Midlands Ambualnce Service listen to the views of thousands of people at 150 meetings across the region, ended on Monday.

Views expressed on the plans to close 66 stations and replace them with 131 tactical deployment points and 13 hubs, including one in Algarkirk, will now be considered and a report compiled which will be considered by an extraordinary meeting of EMAS Trust Board on January 10.

Then on Monday, January 28, the final plans will be reviewed and discussed by the board and a decision will be announced the following day.

At the launch of the consultation, Dr James Gray, EMAS medical director, said: “Our current buildings are in need of major repairs and refurbishment, with an estimated cost of £13million needed to put them right.

“As a vital member of the healthcare community, we must ensure that we get patients the ‘right care, in the right place, first time’ so they receive the best treatment possible.”