Ambulance boost for borough

Ambulance boost
Ambulance boost

A new rapid response vehicle will be serving St Helens as part of an emergency services boost across the North West.

Bosses at the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) have secured funds for more than 60 new vehicles and will recruit hundreds of additional frontline staff to deal with increased demand.

St Helens is one of 12 areas across Merseyside and Cheshire to receive either an RRV or ambulance.

The trust has seen an unprecedented 8.1 per cent increase in 999 calls and an 11 per cent surge in calls for the most serious and life-threatening incidents during the last year. And the unexpected levels of increase resulted in NWAS missing patient waiting time targets.

Director of operations, Derek Cartwright, said: “Based on these figures and planned trajectories for the coming months, very open and constructive talks were held with Commissioners who fully understood the challenge we faced.

“Since our establishment as a Trust in 2006, we have seen a growth of circa two per cent per annum and there is no reason to believe that will change.

“This is a fantastic boost for the Trust and I’m sure for the staff who have been working extremely hard to cope with the additional demand. Most of all, it is extremely good news for the people of the North West.”

More than a dozen additional vehicles will be introduced across the region with new ambulances in Widnes, Southport, and Toxteth.