Ambulance stations set for closure

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SEVEN ambulance stations are set to be closed in North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire to make way for a large new hub in Chesterfield.

East Midlands Ambulance Service say the stations are ‘dated’, in ‘poor physical condition’ and are ‘empty all day, every day’.

Stations to be closed under the proposals are in Eckington, Chesterfield, Worksop, Bakewell, Matlock, Retford and Heath.

Bosses insist the closures will not affect 999 response times, with dozens of new ‘tactical deployment points’ to be created instead. A new purpose-built ambulance hub will be built in Chesterfield to serve 217 staff.

Chief executive Phil Milligan said: “To continue to implement our quality strategy and to meet current and future performance standards, the ambulance service has to change.”

The proposals will be discussed at a board meeting on July 23, followed by a public consultation to be launched in September.