More funding bid plans to transform ambulance estates
The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) has made a bid for funds to help transform the ambulance service estates. It is aiming for nearly £40m of Government funding.
Outdated buildings will be replaced at Bedford and eight other ambulance stations across the region. If successful, these sites would be completely overhauled during 2020/21.
EEAST’s Director of Sustainability and Transformation, Wayne Bartlett-Syree, said:
“If we were successful, we would be able to have staff rest, welfare, training and development facilities all in one place to support our hardworking crews.
“The bid provides for a two-acre site with a 1,200m2 building to accommodate ambulance crews and vehicles. Each site would have an improved vehicle maintenance workshop and an area to wash and restock ambulances and cars.”
This £38.6m capital bid comes a week after the Service learnt that it will be receiving £6.5m in capital funding. This funding will help support crews to get on the road more at 10 sites.
That bid was specifically for short term plans that would be in place before winter this year, which is traditionally the busiest time for the NHS.