Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ambulance Station Plan Would Provide Patients in Three Towns with Cover

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ambulance Station Plan Would Provide Patients in Three Towns with Cover

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Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com

PLANS to build a new ambulance station for three Northumberland towns are being put together.

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) chief executive Yvonne Ormston met with MP Ronnie Campbell to discuss proposals for a new base on the site of Cramlington's former Shankhouse fire station, just off the A19.

If built, it would cater for patients in Cramlington, Blyth and Seaton Delaval.

The news comes as Ukip's Barry Elliott, who will contest Mr Campbell's Labour seat at the general election, demands the return of fire and ambulance stations to Blyth.

Currently, an Ashingtonbased ambulance parks at Blyth hospital in the morning and waits for calls, before returning to Ashington for the night at 7pm. Mr Elliott has suggested Blyth's former fire station in Cowpen Road as a new home for both services, but the property is currently occupied by four property guardians while redevelopment plans are put together.

He explained: "I had to ring an ambulance last week for my mother-in-law and I spoke to the crew who had come from Ashington.

"They had been waiting in a Blyth industrial estate, while we have a purposebuilt station in Cowpen Road which could house fire and ambulance services but is being occupied by a few residents while they wait for a use.

"Blyth is fast becoming the most populated town in Northumberland and has a high rate of deprivation. There is need for these services to be based here so we can have as quick a response as possible when there are serious incidents.

"I do not blame the ambulance staff as they provide a tremendous service, but why in this modern age are we having cars sitting on the sides of roads and on bridges when we could put them in a permanent home here? It seems farcical."

However, Mr Campbell called the idea "pie in the sky". …

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