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Ambulance Service on Standby as Partnership with Co-op Goes Live in Richmond

23 September 2014

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is now officially on standby in a new location thanks to the support of Richmond Co-operative. The supermarket has provided space in its car park to act as an official standby point for the Trust’s emergency vehicles in the town.

Standby points are strategically positioned sites used by the ambulance service to ensure their staff are best placed geographically to respond as quickly as possible in local communities.

YAS regularly uses a number of standby points across the region with facilities ranging from simple parking spaces, to semi-permanent cabins and other buildings equipped to provide the same facilities for staff as a traditional ambulance station.

YAS has worked closely with Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group to review the availability of ambulances in the local area and make patient-focussed improvements in efficiency. Part of this work involved examining the locations of YAS ambulances before receiving a 999 call, to ensure resources were best placed to reach a life-threatening emergency as quickly and safely as possible.

The new standby point has been kindly provided by The Co-operative and will see a space reserved for use by YAS vehicles when awaiting a call.

Pete Summerfield, Locality Manager for the Yorkshire Dales at YAS commented: “It is our priority to respond to all 999 calls as quickly and safely as possible and we are delighted to be working in partnership with The Co-operative for the benefit of residents living in the Richmond and Hambleton area.

“The Co-operative was identified as an ideal location to position emergency vehicles, allowing better access to rural areas in North Yorkshire and enabling us to reach patients more quickly.”

The new standby point joins a further four locations across the area, including Hipswell Road (at the Mountain Rescue facility), Bedale Medical Centre, Catterick Village Medical Centre and Harewood Medical Centre at Catterick Garrison.

The points will be available for use by all the Trust’s emergency vehicles, whether that’s a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a motorbike or an ambulance.

Mike Frankland, Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in Richmond, said: “As a community retailer we are committed to playing an active role in local life, and by supporting this initiative we will help make a real difference to people’s lives in the Richmond and Hambleton area. We are delighted to work in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and provide a standby point at our store, which will ensure they are best-placed to reach life-threatening emergencies as quickly as possible.”

Charles Parker, GP and Governing Body member with Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to identify new, flexible ways of providing appropriate emergency ambulance care. Every minute counts when responding to emergencies, especially in rural areas. This new stand-by point at The Co-operative complements a range of efforts being made to improve response times, which are making a significant difference.”

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