STRUCTURE: South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has submitted a planning application to create a third purpose built Make Ready Centre.

It forms part of reconfiguration plans that will see the closure of some ambulance stations as the FT moves to a system based on Make Ready Centres and Community Response Posts.

The FT submitted the plan to create the centre on Woollards Field in Falmer with Brighton and Hove City Council on 17 September.

If approved, the centre will provide an area where ambulances are made ready by specialist teams of cleaning and maintenance staff – rather than their crews – prior to shifts.

The FT is also developing two other Make Ready Centres in Ashford and Paddock Wood.

Ambulance staff will begin and end their shifts at the centres, but during their shift will respond from a network of Ambulance Community Response Posts. 

It is expected that posts will be found in towns currently served by ambulance stations, some of which may be converted into response posts.

Decisions regarding the closure of ambulance stations will be made on an individual basis and on whether they are in the best location to respond to patients, the FT said.