Temporary ambulance station to be built in Blackpool

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The temporary accommodation will contain office, refreshment facilities, training and meeting rooms and locker and changing facilities

 

The site where the ambulance station will be built
The site where the ambulance station will be built

NHS bosses have been given permission to build a temporary ambulance station in Blackpool while a new state-of-the-art hub is under construction.

Permission has already been granted for a new ambulance hub to be built on land in Wellington Road following the demolition of the existing station which is no longer fit for purpose.

While the new station is being built a temporary site will be required.
Documents submitted by the North West Ambulance Service with the planning application to Blackpool Council state: “The trust currently operates from five ambulance stations in the Blackpool area and provides both Paramedic Emergency Service and Patient Transport Services.

“This results in a number of challenges in the operational management of a dispersed workforce and provides significant duplication in stores, admin functions and estate provision.

“The trust’s property portfolio in the Blackpool area ages between the early 1950s to the mid 1980s and is currently in a poor state of repair.”

What the permanent new ambulance station will look like
What the permanent new ambulance station will look like

The North West Ambulance NHS trust is one of the largest ambulance trusts in England and provides services to a population of around seven million people across a geographical area of approximately 5,400 square miles.

The plans reveal that in order to achieve its objectives the trust wants to move from a traditional ambulance station model to the more modern concept of a hub and all the benefits that this brings with it.

The trust also wants improved modern facilities for its staff and believes that this model will deliver best value for money and maximum efficiency.

The proposed development of the new Ambulance Hub will require the existing building to be vacated to a temporary ‘decant village’ on the former hospital site at Devonshire Road.

The temporary accommodation will contain office, refreshment facilities, training and meeting rooms and locker and changing facilities. There will also be a store of consumables with the main building and a separate external cage for gas bottle storage.