Darwen ambulance station set to close

Blackburn Citizen: North West Ambulance Service vehicles will transfer to a new base North West Ambulance Service vehicles will transfer to a new base

THE ambulance station in Darwen is set to close in May as part of a regional review by health bosses.

Crews are set to move into a new base within the town’s fire station, while the old ambulance station in George Street will be sold off to developers.

Health chiefs said the new base will provide improved facilities and save the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) about £21,000 per year.

Last week the Lancashire Telegraph reported how Clitheroe’s ambulance station in Princess Street is due to move into the town’s soon-to-be-completed Community Hospital.

The changes come after NWAS launched a review of all 109 bases in the region, saying many are in a poor condition and cost too much to maintain.

Three new ‘hubs’ are proposed, with bigger, modern facilities in Merseyside, Blackpool and North East Manchester.

Alan Stuttard, deputy chief executive and director of finance for the North West Ambulance Service, said of the Darwen closure: “The joint station facilities between NWAS and Lancashire Fire Service will provide a more modern, comfortable base for our crews.

“Public sector services sharing facilities in this way demonstrates sound financial management and use of public money and as our staff work closely together during incidents and on training exercises, this is the ideal partnership.

“Any monies made from the sale of Darwen station will be re-invested in frontline services which will ultimately benefit our patients.”

The new facility will include a crew room, kitchen, dining area, office, locker room, toilets and shower, meeting room and gym.

NWAS said paramedic crews were often on the road for the majority of their shift, or parked in strategic spots, so insisted response times and patient care would not be affected. However, union bosses have criticised the move, accusing NWAS of ‘selling off the crown jewels’.

The following stations are still under review: Broad Oak Road, Accrington; Burnley Road, Altham; George Street West, Blackburn; Trafalgar Street, Burnley; Rakehouse Road, Nelson and Commercial Street, Stacksteads.

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2:31pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Baconboy says...

Nice scaremongering headline there LT. Sales down are they?
Nice scaremongering headline there LT. Sales down are they? Baconboy
  • Score: 9

2:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Baconboy says...

.... Next headline...

DARWEN SCHOOLS TO CLOSE

Darwen schools are expected to close on time next week, as expected... more on page 7½
.... Next headline... DARWEN SCHOOLS TO CLOSE Darwen schools are expected to close on time next week, as expected... more on page 7½ Baconboy
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

mavrick says...

Nothing wrong with a review of buildings and other services, It is one to watch, I wonder how many ambulances will disappear from the fleet?
Nothing wrong with a review of buildings and other services, It is one to watch, I wonder how many ambulances will disappear from the fleet? mavrick
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Malthus says...

The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today.
The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today. Malthus
  • Score: -9

7:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Malthus wrote:
The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today.
I suggest you read the story.. not just the headline before you start ranting. The ambulance station is moving 300 yards.
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today.[/p][/quote]I suggest you read the story.. not just the headline before you start ranting. The ambulance station is moving 300 yards. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: 15

7:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Malthus says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
Malthus wrote:
The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today.
I suggest you read the story.. not just the headline before you start ranting. The ambulance station is moving 300 yards.
Yes you are right, I did miss that as I read on the run. I am not too proud to hold my hand up. However, I do stand by the theme of my statement. Ultimately the services that we have so long taken for granted are being eroded and very soon this form of consolidation will result in a dilution of the services we take for granted. I do feel a fool though.
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: The hospital in Blackburn is already miles away from Darwen. How can there be any justification in now denying the people of Darwen immediate access to an ambulance service. According to the Blackburn with Darwen website "Darwen, has an estimated population of around 26,654", with an additional population of Turton and Tockholes that "has a population of 5,952." These figures account for 32606 people, why should this many people have to wait for an ambulance to get from the hospital or from the ambulance station near to Montague street in Blackburn before they can access emergency health care. Paramedics save lives, however, they will be denied the ability to do this if they are stuck in traffic. I would suggest that all of those who believe this to be an acceptable state of affairs and who live in Darwen should imagine their loved one's having a stroke or an heart attack whilst waiting for an ambulance to to get to the victims. I would also ask everyone to contact MP's and Councilors. Remember, if you lose a loved one because of this blatant cost cutting exercise there will be no come back; if we let this happen we once again forfeit another portion of the NHS that our ancestors fought so hard to acquire for us today.[/p][/quote]I suggest you read the story.. not just the headline before you start ranting. The ambulance station is moving 300 yards.[/p][/quote]Yes you are right, I did miss that as I read on the run. I am not too proud to hold my hand up. However, I do stand by the theme of my statement. Ultimately the services that we have so long taken for granted are being eroded and very soon this form of consolidation will result in a dilution of the services we take for granted. I do feel a fool though. Malthus
  • Score: 9

7:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CapitaBackHander says...

To be honest this is a non story and probably good news unlike let headline which is there to imply a lose of station.
I thought darwen station shut years ago or was that another wrong story by the l.e.t?
To be honest this is a non story and probably good news unlike let headline which is there to imply a lose of station. I thought darwen station shut years ago or was that another wrong story by the l.e.t? CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 8

9:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.
This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together. Excluded again
  • Score: 10

8:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

Excluded again wrote:
This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.
They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal...

Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.[/p][/quote]They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal... Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

10:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

happycyclist wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.
They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal...

Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station.
The difference is that both services are staying in Darwen, not being moved to another town.

Frankly, if closing the police station and relocating the service to the fire station was the price to pay for keeping a police base in Darwen, I would not have a problem with it.

Cutting costs by reducing the number of buildings, not by removing the service from Darwen makes sense to me.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.[/p][/quote]They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal... Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station.[/p][/quote]The difference is that both services are staying in Darwen, not being moved to another town. Frankly, if closing the police station and relocating the service to the fire station was the price to pay for keeping a police base in Darwen, I would not have a problem with it. Cutting costs by reducing the number of buildings, not by removing the service from Darwen makes sense to me. Excluded again
  • Score: 2

1:09pm Sat 29 Mar 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Excluded again wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.
They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal...

Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station.
The difference is that both services are staying in Darwen, not being moved to another town.

Frankly, if closing the police station and relocating the service to the fire station was the price to pay for keeping a police base in Darwen, I would not have a problem with it.

Cutting costs by reducing the number of buildings, not by removing the service from Darwen makes sense to me.
Darwen Police Station is a base for East Lancs police division to work from in the Darwen Area. Community Police in Darwen work from Darwen Town Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: This seems like a good idea. Instead of paying running costs for two sites, have both services on one site. And as they are both emergency services having them located together may mean that they work better together.[/p][/quote]They said something similar when they moved Burnley A&E to Blackburn Royal... Might as well sell off Darwen police station off as well, and let Darwen's police operate from the fire station.[/p][/quote]The difference is that both services are staying in Darwen, not being moved to another town. Frankly, if closing the police station and relocating the service to the fire station was the price to pay for keeping a police base in Darwen, I would not have a problem with it. Cutting costs by reducing the number of buildings, not by removing the service from Darwen makes sense to me.[/p][/quote]Darwen Police Station is a base for East Lancs police division to work from in the Darwen Area. Community Police in Darwen work from Darwen Town Hall. louderfasterlonger
  • Score: 0

7:07pm Sun 30 Mar 14

NHS Realist says...

The truth is that not one penny will be put back into the frontline services. These closures are part of a £13m cost improvement program and will simply go towards that. £6m of that is coming out of the frontline ambulance services. So much for the NHS being ring fenced.
The truth is that not one penny will be put back into the frontline services. These closures are part of a £13m cost improvement program and will simply go towards that. £6m of that is coming out of the frontline ambulance services. So much for the NHS being ring fenced. NHS Realist
  • Score: 1

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