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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