Daventry venue is agreed for ambulance talks

THE East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has responded to calls for a public meeting in Daventry to discuss the future of its service.

Last week two Daventry District councillors criticised the decision of EMAS to hold public meetings in Northampton. Now EMAS chiefs have announced they will hold a meeting for Daventry residents on December 3 to discuss its ‘Being the Best’ proposals package.

East Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive Phil Milligan said: “We are keen to give as many people as possible the chance to come and hear about proposals, tell us what they think and provide feedback which will help us to shape the future of EMAS so that we offer the very best service.”

EMAS say their proposals to create 131 community ambulance posts, standby points and purpose-built hubs, or ‘super stations,’ are designed to make the service more efficient.

These hubs and standby points will replace the existing 66 ambulance stations based across the East Midlands, which includes the one in Staverton Road Daventry.

Under the new proposals Daventry’s nearest ‘hub’, where staff can collect their equipment and clean their vehicles, would be based in Northampton.

The plans show two community ambulance posts/standby points in the Daventry area which are areas for crews to wait at for calls but which have no rest facilities for paramedics.

These plans have come under scrutiny by Cllr Wendy Randall who feels Daventry will not be served well enough without an ambulance hub in the area.

She said: “I am concerned that there are more standby points on the map drawn up by EMAS than ambulances and this could lead to delays in responding to Daventry calls.

“What I would like to see is a hub in Daventry.”

You can share your views on the consultation until December 17 at a meeting held at the Saints Rugby Ground, Northampton, on Friday, November 9, at 10am and The Abbey, Daventry, on December 3, from 6.30pm until 8pm.

Anyone wishing to attend the Northampton meeting should confirm their attendance on 0116 286 9378 or by email on gulnaz.katchi@emas.nhs.uk.