Ambulance trust hope to move into hub soon

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AN AMBULANCE trust hopes to have a new hub officially handed over to it by contractors.

As reported, South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) has approved plans to build a bigger ambulance station to serve Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

The South East Hampshire Resource Centre, which is being built in Northarbour Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, was due to open last October.

But Scas hopes to find out today if the site can officially be handed over to them, so it can prepare work to move in.

Once the hub is up-and-running, stations in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant are due to close.

In a report by Scas, it says the resource centre is ‘reaching the latter stages of development, with the formal handover to the trust expected in the next week or two’.

It should be clarified today.

After the trust gets the site, it said it will check over the building one more time, before equipment is moved in.

Then a stepped approach to bring in stations from the area will begin, with Portsmouth Ambulance Station, in Eastern Road, being the last to move in.

Scas expect this to take a month, and will carry on working to provide ambulance standby points in the area.