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Yorkshire Ambulance Service stands by to get to patients quicker

10 July 2008

10 July 2008

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is transforming the way it responds to emergencies by placing emergency ambulances at strategically positioned stand-by points in busy areas so that they can get to patients even quicker.

The new stand-by points range from simple parking spaces in specially chosen lay-bys, to semi-permanent cabins and other buildings that are all equipped to provide the same facilities for staff as a traditional ambulance station.

Operations Director Ian Walton said: “Because of an increase in traffic and urban development some ambulance stations are no longer placed as near to areas of high activity as they once were.

“YAS has carried out research to determine the best places to site the new stand-by points where historically there has been a high level of demand such as densely populated areas and busy road networks.”

A total of 24 stand-by points are planned throughout Yorkshire in 2008/2009 to further improve the speed of response to 999 calls.


Stand-by points have been confirmed to date on the following sites:

Canal Road, Bradford
Leeds Road Hospital, Bradford
Odsal Fire Station, Bradford
Rutland Lodge Medical Centre, Potternewton, Leeds
Kirkstall Medical Centre, Leeds
Beeston Fire Station, Leeds
Pontefract Fire Station, Pontefract

Thorne/Hatfield, Doncaster
Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham
Sheffield United, Sheffield
Doncaster Road,Darfield, Barnsley
Aston Park Fire Station, Worksop Rd, Sheffield
Chapeltown Swimming Pool, Burncross Rd, Sheffield

Acomb Library, York
York St John University, York
Co-op, Chain Lane, Knaresborough
Bridge Street, Bedale

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