Dursley ambulance to stay in town
THE Dursley ambulance is to stay in the town after the expiry of the ambulance station lease, the Gazette can reveal.
Concerns had been raised in recent weeks that the ambulance was to be based in Stroud, with an inevitable increase in response times, after the expiry of the lease with Stroud District Council at the end of this year.
In a statement to the Gazette this week, however, the South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) said discussions with partners in the town were looking very promising so that the ambulance and the existing staff could remain in Dursley for all but essential maintenance, which would be carried out in Stroud.
SWAS spokeswoman Clare Warner said this had always been the plan.
"The Dursley ambulance is not going anywhere," she told the Gazette. "Once we learned that the lease was ending we pursued alternatives to keep the service in the town."
She also stressed that the move was not about saving money.
"It is likely that we will have to spend some money on a new Dursley base for the ambulance to make it fit for our staff. This is not and never has been about trying to save money."
The ambulance will, as now, be based in Dursley 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Rapid Response vehicle will continue to be on duty for 12 hours each day.
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