Ambulance station under review

THE future of Nailsea’s ambulance station is to be looked at as part of a district review by emergency health bosses.

Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) is reviewing all of its 30 stations as it prepares for the roll-out of a new non-emergency service.

The introduction of the 111 service, a free-phone number for people wanting non-emergency healthcare and advice, is expected to generate up to 1.5million calls and bosses say they are keen to be ready.

This will include inspecting the Nailsea station, built in 1970 in Pound Lane, with the possibility of upgrading it or moving the service elsewhere.

The service has already started reviewing its Bristol station and expects to reach every other station within the next three years.

Interim chief executive Martin Flaherty said: “Over 70 per cent of our existing buildings were built before 1975 with many considerably older and therefore coming to the end of their worthwhile life.

“As a publicly-funded service, we have to consider if it is a sensible use of taxpayers’ money to spend that sort of figure on ageing buildings.”

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An estate strategy document will be presented to the next trust board meeting this week and, if approved, will see the establishment of three project teams to start work on the first phase of the review.

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