Daventry ambulance station recommended for downgrade

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Final proposals to downgrade Daventry’s ambulance station have been revealed by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

The service has published papers due to go before its board meeting on Monday March 25.

The papers detail the current proposals, which will see Daventry retain only a ‘community ambulance station’ – a point where ambulance staff can rest and get refreshments, but not restock their vehicle.

The other nearest stations will be Brackley, classed as an Ambulance Station where vehicles can restock, and Northampton North, an Ambulance Station Hub which means it has extra facilities to look after and maintain vehicles.

The final decision on whether to adopt these proposals will be taken by the EMAS board.

EMAS chief executive Phil Milligan said: “The aim of our Being the Best change programme has always been to improve response times to emergency 999 calls and to improve the working lives of our frontline staff.

“I am pleased our staff, and the people and organisations who have an interest in the service we provide have taken the time to be involved, to have their say and help to shape our plans.

“In the true spirit of consultation, that is what has happened. We’ve listened to the responses received during the consultation and we’ve developed and shaped our plans using that feedback.

“Our service has got to change if we are to improve. The decision we make on Monday 25 March has to be right for our patients and right for our staff. I am confident that we will get it right for the people of the East Midlands.”