Public meeting on ambulance plans in Buxton tonight

A PUBLIC meeting about controversial plans to close the High Peak’s two ambulance stations is taking place in Buxton tonight.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) are currently consulting on their Being the Best review, which will see ambulance stations in Buxton and New Mills replaced with Community Ambulance Posts and Hubs. If approved, the plans will mean High Peak ambulance crews will have to travel to junction 29 of the M1 - the other side of Chesterfield - to pick up and drop off ambulances at the start and end of each shift.

There will be a chance to find out more about the proposals, and have your say, at the meeting tonight, which is being held at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens at 6pm.

Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, who is expected to be at the meeting, said: “The programme of consultation events is providing an opportunity to put our proposals to people in Derbyshire, listen to their thoughts and ideas and use these to help shape the future of East Midlands Ambulance Service.

“The meetings offer a forum for members of the public to put any questions and feedback to members of the EMAS team. However, this isn’t the only way people can have a say and we welcome all comments online, via our dedicated email address, over the phone and by posting the consultation forms back to us.”

The consultation runs until December 17. Copies of the consultation document are available at www.emas.nhs.uk, by emailing beingthebest@emas.nhs.uk, by calling 0800 917 9911 or from the meeting.

A second public meeting is being held at New Mills Town Hall on Friday November 16 at 7pm.