STRUCTURE: The NHS Trust Development Authority has approved South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s acquisition of Great Western Ambulance Service.

A report in SWASFT’s monthly newsletter said the date of “legal completion and the first day of the enlarged trust” had been confirmed as Friday 1 February.

The board of GWAS sought a takeover partner after deciding the trust would not be viable as a stand alone foundation trust. It will mean there is one ambulance trust for the whole South West region.

SWASFT chief executive Ken Wenman said: “I am delighted that the acquisition process is almost complete and that we have the support of Monitor, commissioners, governors and our strategic health authority, NHS South of England.

“I would like to make an assurance that this decision was not made lightly. Throughout the process there has been a great deal of robust scrutiny
by a variety of different statutory and regulatory organisations around the country.

“The formal decision to acquire GWAS would not be made if any of the agencies involved had any doubt that it was in any way detrimental to
staff, patients or the wider healthcare community.”