18th Nov, 2019

Redditch's last remaining ambulance station closes down

Harry Leach 7th Nov, 2019 Updated: 7th Nov, 2019

REDDITCH’S last remaining ambulance response post has closed.

The Oakenshaw response post provided rest facilities for staff between emergencies.

According to West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) due to a rise in demand it is now very rare for response posts to be used other than at the start and end of shifts.

A spokesperson said: “The post closed down last week because staff no longer go there before being sent onto their next job.

“It was no longer cost effective to have the post.

“We would much rather invest our funding by increasing the number of frontline ambulance staff who save lives instead of buildings which aren’t really used.”

The number of staff and vehicles operating in the area will remain the same.

In fact, WMAS says the number of vehicles and staff on the road has risen in recent years.

“The overwhelming need for patients is to provide an ambulance with a paramedic on board so that the crew can deal with the patient’s needs.

“This could be treatment at the scene or transporting them to a hospital.

“By substantially increasing the number of paramedics and ambulances we have available patients receive a much better standard of care.”

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