Green light for ambulance ‘make ready’ base at Polegate

Plan for Make Ready Centre at Polegate SUS-140320-103022001
Plan for Make Ready Centre at Polegate SUS-140320-103022001

A plan to create an ambulance centre in Polegate has been agreed by Wealden District Council.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) aims to create its first centralised Make Ready Centre in Sussex a the site, just off Cophall Farm roundabout.

The next stage will be for the Trust’s Board to approve the full business case for development.

If the Board agrees, this will set the wheels in motion for contractors to move on to the site. It is hoped the new centre will be operational some time during 2015.

James Pavey, senior operations manager for the area, said, “A great deal of effort from the project team has gone into the planning of this centre which will provide us with facilities that will not only ensure that our staff can get on with the job of treating patients rather time spent cleaning and restocking vehicles; it will also mean local job opportunities for our Make Ready operatives.

“As an ambulance operational centre, it will have great training and meeting facilities local to the area – something we have needed for quite some time.”

The Make Ready Centre ensures that specially trained operatives regularly deep-clean, restock and check vehicles for mechanical faults.

It will be supported by a network of ambulance community responses posts (ACRPs) across the area and will see staff, currently working at Eastbourne, Hailsham, Heathfield , Newhaven and Uckfield, begin and end their shifts at the new centre.

However during their shifts, staff will respond from the ACRPs which will provide facilities for staff.