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Archbishop of York Officially Opens New Ambulance Station in York

17 February 2010

Archbishop of York Officially Opens Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) officially opened a new £2 million state-of-the-art ambulance station at Yearsley Bridge in York on 16 February 2010.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, conducted the opening ceremony and was joined by staff and patients from the area to celebrate the occasion.

The station is strategically located to enable ambulance crews to respond to 999 calls in and around York more swiftly. It is also in close proximity to York Hospital and purposefully positioned to complement the existing ambulance station in Haxby and the service’s stand-by points on Hull Road and in Acomb.

As well as housing four emergency ambulances, six rapid response vehicles, eleven patient transport vehicles and over 80 staff, the station boasts modern equipment and training facilities. 

Vince Larvin, YAS Assistance Director of A&E Operations for North Yorkshire, said: “We worked closely with staff throughout the move and they expressed their desire for a more modern base that had better access to various parts of York.

“The facility is a clinically clean and hygienic environment with all mod cons, including a new training room and a larger rest area.

“Over the years York has changed and demand for our service is vastly different to what it was when we were first at the city centre station. The new base will allow us to provide a more responsive
service that is tailored to the current needs of our patients.”

Long-serving York Paramedic, Alf Pickering, introduces retired ambulance staff to the Archbishop

Long-serving York Paramedic, Alf Pickering, introduces retired ambulance staff to the Archbishop

 

The Wallace family from York meet the Archbishop.

The Wallace family from York meet the Archbishop

 

York paramedics, Steve Goulden (left) and Glen Gears (right) give the Archbishop a tour of a new state-of-the-art ambulance

York paramedics, Steve Goulden (left) and Glen Gears (right) give the Archbishop a tour of a new state-of-the-art ambulance

 

The Archbishop unveils the plaque at the opening ceremony at the new purpose-built station

The Archbishop unveils the plaque at the opening ceremony at the new purpose-built station

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