Are we facing 999 response crisis?

Battle ambulance station. 28/11/12
Battle ambulance station. 28/11/12

THERE was a question mark hanging over the future of Rye Ambulance Station this week following claims from a paramedic that there were plans to centralise the service in Hastings.

The ambulanceman told the Observer: “The service will soon be centralising and stations like Rye and Battle will be closed and re-located to Hastings.

“This will lose important cover in the mornings and evenings when guaranteed ambulances would be there on change over.

“They will arrange for standby posts, called ambulance community response posts, in the same areas but these are unlikely to get covered much.

A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said: “It has always been our intention to make Hastings fully central reporting over time.

“This is now more possible due to the fact we have extended the car park at Hastings Ambulance Station and we are in the process of holding a number of engagement sessions with staff about the plans in the coming weeks.

“We will be happy to provide further details after these sessions have taken place.

“It is our intention to maintain our performance with any changes and Trust-wide SECAmb exceeded the national performance target for Category A calls.”