The future looks much brighter for Grantham’s ambulance station

Coun Mike Cook, Mark Bartlett, Coun Bruce Wells and Coun Ian Selby handing over petitions to Andrew Spice of EMAS in December.
Coun Mike Cook, Mark Bartlett, Coun Bruce Wells and Coun Ian Selby handing over petitions to Andrew Spice of EMAS in December.
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A popular campaign aimed at securing a first-rate ambulance service for Grantham appears to be bearing fruit.

East Midlands Ambulance Service had planned to downgrade Grantham’s current ambulance station to a community ambulance post.

However, a campaign by Grantham group Grantham Ambulance Station Protest (GRASP) which included a 12,876 signature petition, appears to have got the attention of ambulance bosses.

The new “Service Model Update” is for Grantham to be one of just 11 main ambulance hubs throughout the region. The others are Nottingham, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Boston, Leicester, Kettering, Northampton, Derby, Chesterfield and Mansfield.

Councillor Ian Selby of GRASP said: “I don’t want to count my chickens until it is set in stone but it appears they have listened to public opinion.

“From Grantham’s perspective this really sends out a positive message that Grantham is open for business.”

The final decision on ambulance stations throughout the region will not be released until March 25.

LOOK OUT FOR MORE ON THE FUTURE OF GRANTHAM’S AMBULANCE STATION IN THIS FRIDAY’S JOURNAL.