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Gildersome Ambulance Station

Published: 10 April 2015

Updated October 2015

The Trust is committed to working in an open and accountable way, to sharing information with the local communities we serve and to giving people the opportunity to comment and ask questions.

As part of Trust-wide plans to review and develop our estate, we are making changes that will affect Gildersome Ambulance Station. The plans have been subject to consultation with staff and local stakeholders over the past year.

Background - why do we need to make these changes?

The ambulance sector has made significant achievements bringing pre-hospital clinical care to patients and developing local care pathways that best meet their needs.

As clinical care has developed, our response model has also developed. Our ambulances and rapid response vehicles are deployed to locations across the region from which they are best placed to respond to emergencies in known areas of high demand. Particularly in urban areas, our staff now spend the majority of their shift away from their base station, either responding to calls, at hospitals or on stand-by.

Whilst ambulance pre-hospital care has transformed over recent years, our estate was inherited from three former ambulance trusts and many buildings are old and not in the optimum locations to meet demand.

Work to look at the Trust’s future requirements and evaluate the options for reconfiguring the current estate is underway and includes exploring the potential of colocation with other agencies such as the other emergency services and wider NHS.

Gildersome co-location

As part of this work, a new state-of-the-art facility has been built at Manor Mill Lane in Beeston, Leeds. The Department of Health funded building was commissioned to meet national resilience guidelines and provides additional scope to accommodate other Leeds operational teams and support functions.

We commissioned independent consultants to use recent demand data and staff rota patterns to model the impact of different station locations on ambulance response times. Of these options, colocating Gildersome station at Manor Mill had a positive impact on response times in South Leeds and is only 3.6 miles away from the Manor Mill Lane site and in need of significant refurbishment.

The Trust Executive Team has now approved a plan to go ahead with the colocation of Gildersome station to the Manor Mill Lane which is planned for November 2015.  The main groups of staff affected are A&E Operations (approx 50) and Patient Transport Service Operations (9). Staff have been kept informed about the possible changes and impacts by local managers throughout the process. Initial feedback from both staff and unions is positive, with colleagues recognising the benefits of the improved facilities.

How to Find Out More

We hope this information is helpful in understanding our plans and the reasons we need to make changes to our Leeds estate.

An FAQ document is also available.

If you have any further questions or would like any other information my team would be pleased to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Associate Director of Communications, Lorna Thornley, email engagement@yas.nhs.uk or telephone 01924 584051.

Purpose built, state-of-the art facilities at Manor Mill Resource Centre, South Leeds already the base for our Hazardous Area Response Team

Purpose built, state-of-the art facilities at Manor Mill Resource Center, South Leeds - already the base for our Hazardous Area Response Team

Gildersome Ambulance Station old and no longer fit for purpose for a modern ambulance service

Gildersome Ambulance Station  old and no longer fit for purpose for a modern ambulance service