Big overhaul to 999 response

Meeting to discuss closure of Ambulance Hubs, including one at Algarkirk, at PRSA Boston.'Chief Executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, Phil Milligan.

Meeting to discuss closure of Ambulance Hubs, including one at Algarkirk, at PRSA Boston.'Chief Executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, Phil Milligan.

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Ambulance bosses insist their plans for a radical overhaul of services will help them react quicker to 999 calls in Lincolnshire.

A meeting outlining the changes was held at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston on Monday and was presented by East Midland Ambulance Service’s chief executive Phil Milligan.

The plans include a ‘Being The Best Programme’, aiming to improve the way the organisation works to cut costs and meet its targets.

Acknowledging the service’s ‘troubled background’, Mr Millgan said: “We all recognise we have to make some changes, we have to do something to create a faster response to all people.

He added: “The proposals do exactly what the public have been asking from us.”

The proposals include potentially closing some of the 66 ambulance stations and create 131 community ambulance posts, standby points and hubs.

The hubs, where staff will start their shift, will be purpose- built, holding fleets of ambulances and training facilities.

They will be equipped with ‘make-ready’ teams who will be able to maintain the vehicles, something ambulance crews currently do themselves.

The plans potentially include a hub at Algarkirk along with two community ambulance posts in North and South Boston.

Following the meeting, EMAS’ service delivery manager Lynn Rutland said the plans were still out to consultation and that the locations, created by computer calculations, could still change.

The service will look at the Boston fleets’ current base at Pilgrim Hospital, and whether there were locations which could provide faster, more efficient service.