South Leeds: Gildersome Ambulance station to close

Front line staff are set to leave Gildersome Ambulance Station this summer.
Front line staff are set to leave Gildersome Ambulance Station this summer.
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YORKSHIRE AmbulaNce Service chiefs say the public will not be affected when staff transfer from Gildersome Ambulance Station this summer.

Around 50 staff including paramedics, technicians and emergency care assistants, will transfer from the Wakefield Road site to a new purpose-built station in Manor Mill Lane at Beeston.

No decision has yet been made on the future use of the Gildersome building after front line staff have been relocated.

Paul Mudd, locality director of emergency operations (West Yorkshire) at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said the change would be “seamless”.

He said: “We would like to reassure residents in Morley area that this change will be seamless for them and they will continue to receive a responsive, high quality clinical service from us.”

Mr Mudd added: “We are always looking to improve the services we provide to patients and one of the ways in which we do this is to place emergency vehicles closer to where they are needed.

“Our vehicles respond to emergencies from a network of strategically-placed standby points across the region and our stations are effectively buildings where staff start and finish their shifts.

“Our standby points are under constant review which allows us to ensure that our staff and vehicles are in the right place at the right time so that they can reach patients most quickly. We have been talking to staff for some considerable time about the changes at Gildersome Ambulance Station and staff will be relocated to a new purpose-built, modern facility in Beeston as their base station.”