Thursday, 30 May 2013

Ambulance post plan for Knowle

UP to two ambulances will be based at Arden school under radical shake-up of the service across the West Midlands.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service wants to create two spaces for ambulance and an office for staff at the Station Road school’s gymnasium.

It is part of plans to close stations – including Solihull – for 15 West Midlands “hubs”, including one in Birmingham.

This will see more “remote” operating points, such as Knowle. The programme will increase regional locations from 88 to 146.

The service has applied to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council change the use of part of the gymnasium to an office.

Assistant area manager Robert Marsh said: “These sites exist with the sole purpose to spread our resource to places where we believe we need it.

“The locations have been chosen based on several years worth of data which have given us a trend value of where we need to be.”

The plans will “provide more effective patient care” he said.


He said he recognised there will be “anxieties” about siren noise but these would be used more in the day.
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21 comments:

  1. Poor Sue again!!!

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  2. Aren't the facilities at Arden over-stretched already? Is there perhaps payment to the school involved, which makes it appear attractive to the management body? Not a sensible idea for a base. Why not try the car showroom site on Station Road?

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  3. Interesting that ambulances on emergency calls will share the school drive with school kids. What could possibly go wrong?

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  4. Apart from funding the birmingham hubs by selling off solihull station,why on earth are they considering such dangerous sites as schools when they have a purpose built existing ambulance station in the centre of solihull that could easily be updated to a mini hub?

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  5. Look - it's quite good they will be situated locally don't you think.
    Also the car salesroom is being taken over by johnson's and not an option.
    Let's not overplay the danger aspect - they will have given some thought to this - obviously!

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    1. Just like they gave thought to the parking situation in Knowle with Waitrose ...... NOT

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  6. I agree, ambulances should be based in knowle and dorridge to serve our local community, however Arden School is completely inappropriate. Emergency ambulances racing to life threatening situations, sirens disturbing lessons, not to mention drugs on school premises. A recipe for disaster. Why not place the ambulances at the local medical centres? Surely that would make more sense.

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  7. Stick it in Dorridge!

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  8. What local medical centres? Where's the parking at local surgeries. Recipe for disaster - I guess you're just trolling - though why on this topic is a mystery

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  9. Actually, I have a son at Arden School so have a vested interest in this topic. If you are not aware there is ample parking facilities at downing close and there is also blythe practice and dorridge surgery which are both well positioned. Medical facilities should be used for just that not secondary schools where there is already high volume traffic. But then I guess the previous post is from a neighbour of a local medical centre.

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  10. Dorridge Surgery - you are joking? There won't be enough room for patients to park let alone an ambulance.

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  11. So your saying there is enough room at Arden school???? Think again. School = children. Medical centre= doctors, nurses, and PARAMEDICS.....

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  12. Look - I have children at Arden - there is not residual parking at Downing close - it has to accommodate dental patients and staff, doctors, the other residential units on the site. Dorridge surgery has limited parking for staff. I do not live next to any of these. Mountain out of a molehill here. Do you really think in this day and age Arden has not considered health and safety issues. Don't see an outcry from any other parents. Really quite pathetic.

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  13. If your not considering the safety of your children, then I'd say you are the pathetic one. I don't think many parents know about this, but don't worry ill make it my business to inform them. I'm not prepared to 'hope' they have taken this into consideration.....

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  14. I don't understand why the solihull station is being sold off? Is it purely a money making/ saving scheme?? I agree, schools are not the right place..... What is going on with the NHS??

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    1. The Solihull station is being sold off as part of the ambulance service's move to larger maintenance 'hubs' from where the ambulances will be collected ready for their shift. The ambulances then park up at one of several 'community ambulance posts' around Solihull where they can respond from. This means that ambulances will be able to arrive more quickly to a casualty - for example, an ambulance could be on the scene in Knowle/Dorridge within minutes instead of having to travel all the way from the current station in Solihull.

      The problem is that there are relatively few places in K&D that could actually be used as a base for one ambulance and a rapid response vehicle; as already mentioned, there are no spare parking spaces in any of the surgeries. Arden really is perhaps the only suitable location where there is not only parking spaces but space for a small office as well. Plus at least it would mean any injured pupils at the school could be treated by paramedics almost immediately (definitely better than the current 'let's just sit you in the MI room until you parent arrives to take you to A&E, even though your ankle is obviously broken')

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  15. It will be money - what else these days.
    Safety issues? I really think 18:16 needs to get a life.

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  16. 'Unused' changing rooms as described in the planning permission. Hmm I think not! Another money making opportunity for an Academy which should be putting the education and safety of its pupils first. We await the letter from Arden explaining their decision to house the ambulances on the school site.

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  17. The Principle doesn't even know how many ambulance journeys would be expected every day. It seems that Arden are going into this blind, but that is no surprise really. They have a long track record of incompetent decisions and believing that the only thing of importance is the school. Wasn't so long ago that Arden was claiming that they had so little space that they needed to extend the very building they want to give away. Glad to know our education is in such safe hands.

    Wait for the sell off of "school" land for housing which SMBC were forced to hand over for free to the School by Gove.

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  18. Decision for Arden School: Withdrawn

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  19. If you want confirmation that any form of ambulance stand by point is totally inappropriate 'in' a school, have a read of these news articles of an ambulance depot 'near' a school...

    http://www.shrewsburychronicle.com/2013/04/18/ambulance-service-admits-pupils-are-at-risk/

    http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2013/04/18/shrewsbury-school-head-leads-call-to-close-999-hub/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-22201663

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