Thursday 1st August 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.
Two ambulance stations in Worcestershire are about to be put up for sale as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Make Ready’ plans.
The Make Ready programme has seen the creation of two 24/7 fleet maintenance hubs where dedicated teams of Ambulance Fleet Assistants prepare, service and maintain the fleet of ambulances. The hubs have been created through the refurbishment of two traditional ambulance stations in Spetchley Road, Worcester and Barnsley Hall Drive, Lickey End, Bromsgrove.
The remainder of the county’s traditionally owned stations are to be sold, replaced by a new network of Community Ambulance Stations which will be leased rather than owned. The new stations will be lower maintenance with resultant lower running costs and will be greater in number.
Kidderminster ambulance station, Stourport Road, Kidderminster, is due to be advertised as for sale this week with offers invited in the region of £265,000. It will be replaced by two new Community ambulance stations in the town at addresses to be confirmed in due course. In addition, a new community ambulance station has opened in Mitton Street, Stourport.
Redditch ambulance station, Cedar Park Road, Redditch, is due to be advertised as for sale this week with offers invited in the region of £260,000. It will be replaced by two community ambulance stations in the town.
Kidderminster and Redditch ambulance stations are the last two to be put up for sale in Worcestershire.
Despite being put up for sale, neither Kidderminster nor Redditch ambulance stations will be vacated until their replacement community ambulance stations have opened.