Delayed Portsmouth ambulance hub plans push back centre opening

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A NEW ambulance hub that was due to open this year, may not be up-and-running until 2014.

As reported, South Central Ambulance

Service (Scas) has approved plans to build a bigger ambulance station to serve Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

Stations in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham and Havant are due to close once the new centre opens.

In their place will be the South East Hampshire Resource Centre, which is being built in Northarbour Road, Cosham, Portsmouth.

It was due to be up-and-running by October this year.

A Scas spokesman said: ‘Scas is pleased to report that the development of the centre is well under way with the contractors, RCL limited, focusing on the ground-works and internal construction of the accommodation blocks.

‘While there was an initial delay in the project, it is now back on track with a view of completions late 2013 early 2014.’

The spokesman added: ‘The external and internal project teams are working tirelessly on the detail planning of this site and the associated provision of stand-by locations.

‘This is to ensure that this development provides a facility fit for the modern ambulance service and that it is something the service, the staff and the public can be proud of.’

The trust decided to create a new hub as many of the current ambulance stations are no longer fit-for-purpose.