Ambulance crews respond from Chichester site

SEAS Ambulance stock SUS-151106-094917001
SEAS Ambulance stock SUS-151106-094917001

Ambulance crews have been responding to incidents from a new site in Chichester this week.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is responding from St James Industrial Estate, in Westhampnett Road.

Lorna Stuart, Senior Operations Manager said: “I’m pleased the new response post for Chichester is now ready to be fully operational. It’s important that crews not only have somewhere suitable to rest but also that that place is in the right place for our patients and for us to respond to the rising number of 999 calls each year.”

SECAmb’s Ambulance Community Response Posts (ACRPs) are placed across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to make sure crews are best placed to respond to patient demand.

The response posts reduce the need for ambulance crews to park on standby at the roadside – when they have no facilities to use between calls.

The trust has also applied for planning permission for two new sites in Kent – Sheppey and Herne Bay.

A spokesman for the trust said: “SECAmb is in the process of rolling out its Make Ready programme, which sees vehicles cleaned, maintained and stocked to a standard specification at a Make Ready Centre before crews respond from the network of response posts, better suited to meet patient demand.

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