Rugby ambulance station being replaced by two new bases in £10m project

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A MASSIVE reorganisation of the ambulance service will lead to Rugby being served by two ambulance stations by April next year.

Currently the town is served by one station, which is located off Leicester Road in Brownsover.

But this will be closed and sold off as part of the plans and be replaced by two smaller stations, the locations of which are yet to be confirmed. West Midlands Ambulance Service said the new system will cost £10m to implement, but that it will pay for itself in money saved over the next decade.

Service spokesman Chris Kowalik said: “We’re basing the organisation in Coventry and Warwickshire on improvements made in Staffordshire, which transformed their service into one of the best in the country.

“For Rugby it means the town will get increased ambulance cover and better response times as there will be two stations at either ends of the town. The new set-up should reduce response times and make the whole system more efficient, with more emphasis on using resources on the front line.”

There will be the same number of ambulances serving the region in the new arrangement as there are currently.

The service is also keen to reduce the number of patients taken to hospital.

As part of the changes, there will be a team of five community paramedics on 24-hour call in Rugby. The ambulance service insists the team can do everything an ambulance crew can.

Mr Kowalik added: “A lot of what is routinely done in A and E can be done by the community teams. This includes things like certain tests and glueing together wounds.

“This should free-up capacity at A&E in Coventry and at Rugby’s minor injuries unit.”