Plans submitted for new ambulance base

PLANS to set up a new ambulance base on Pevensey Bay Road have been submitted to Eastbourne Borough Council.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) hopes to create an ambulance community response post (ACRP) to boost the Trust’s emergency cover in Eastbourne.

The post will provide ambulance clinicians with a base to operate from between emergencies rather than waiting on the roadside as they have done up to now in this area. ACRPs have a rest area, free-view television, internet access, toilet facilities and provision to make hot meals and drinks.

Facilities would be available to the staff around the clock, giving more flexibility for emergency cover for Eastbourne overnight.

In 2011 the Trust had a planning application approved to create an ambulance community response post on the grounds of Eastbourne College on Summerdown Road.

SECAmb senior operations manager for Eastbourne James Pavey said, “This is a location which is operationally important as it will allow us to spread our resources to match patient demand more effectively.

“The new facility will also give our crews access to appropriate facilities, rather than roadside standby in their vehicles.”

The project forms part of a wider plan to improve the emergency cover in the area as the Trust is also looking to develop a third community response post at Polegate.