Gosport ambulance plans get backing

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CLOSING Gosport’s ambulance station will improve the quality of emergency service in the town, councillors have said.

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) plans to close the ambulance stations in Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Portsmouth.

Instead, it will build a super hub somewhere at the northern end of Portsea Island and staff will be sent to ‘standby points’ within the other areas from where they can respond to emergencies.

Last month, members of Gosport Borough Council’s scrutiny committee decided to look into the plans.

Now they have decided the change will enhance the level of emergency care to patients in Gosport rather than damage it.

The chairman of the scrutiny committee, Cllr Bob Forder, said: ‘We can’t see anything wrong with it.

‘We asked the ambulance service questions about it and they spoke to us.

‘We were satisfied that the proposals will enhance the service that Gosport receives rather than damage it.

‘They can’t even get ambulances into the current station because they are too tall to fit inside.’

SCAS says ambulance crew shifts will overlap to make sure there is enough coverage in each area.

And in around 84 per cent of call-outs, ambulances are already sent from mobile locations rather than their stations.