Tiny percentage of responses on ambulance station closures are from Northamptonshire

East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicles will not deploy from as many ambulance stations in future
East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicles will not deploy from as many ambulance stations in future

East Midlands Ambulance Service bosses are concerned that only seven per cent of responses to its proposals to close ambulance stations are from Northamptonshire

The Being the Best plans propose that both of Northampton’s current ambulance stations will close down and be replaced with a ‘superhub’, probably in Swan Valley. Another superhub will be created in the north of the county, with ambulance standby points scattered around the county

Concerns have been expressed by some politicians over whether rural areas will be reachable.

Yet even though 70,000 emergency 999 calls were received from Northamptonshire last year, only seven per cent of the responses received for Being the Best proposals are from the county. it follows disappointing numbers of people at county consultation events.

People have until December 17 to make their views known.

Phil Milligan, EMAS’s chief executive, said: “The people who made a 999 call last year and their family and friends will have a view on what we do well and how we can improve.

“Both views are important to us and I urge Northamptonshire people to use this opportunity to tell us what they think so we can be sure that the changes we make are the right ones.”

A community engagement event on Friday, November 9 at Franklin’s Gardens includes an opportunity to hear the proposals and ask questions.

An ambulance will be available for people to have a look around and staff will talk about the calls it receives and how it responds. Ambulance clinicians will also be on hand to offer free mini health checks.

Feedback can be shared via the online feedback form at www.emas.nhs.uk/get-involved/being-the-best-consultation/feedback-form/, or free phone 0800 917 9911, or by email at beingthebest@emas.nhs.uk

To reserve a free place at the event held on Friday November 9, from 9.30am people can call 0116 286 9378 or email: gulnaz.katchi@emas.nhs.uk

Two other public meetings are to be held in the county before the consultation period ends. They include one on Monday December 3 with a 6.30pm start at The Abbey, Market Square, Daventry.