cutbacks in Burnham revealed as bosses reassure patients
ambulance service is being cut back from the start of July, although
bosses say patient care won't be affected.
learns that from July 3rd, an ambulance is being removed from Burnham
Ambulance Station for 12 hours every day on the late shift.
Response Ambulance car is instead being introduced for six hours
a day - meaning that Burnham's overall base level cover is being
reduced by six hours every day.
ambulance service provision - with one ambulance and one rapid response
car - is now at its lowest level for over 15 years.
Weale, a spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation
Trust (SWASFT), told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Burnham Ambulance
Station remains a key location for SWASFT and a 24 hour Double Crewed
Ambulance remains in Burnham and although the daytime/late Ambulance
is being removed, a Rapid Response Ambulance car (RRV) cover has
actually been increased with cover extended from 0800-2000 to 0800-0200."
changes coincide with Weston General Hospital's decision to close
its A&E unit between 10pm and 8am daily from 4th July in what
it says is a temporary change, as we reported
here last month.
SWASFT spokesperson went to add: "On 3rd July South Western
Ambulance Service resources across our East and West Divisions will
increase with more vehicle and staffing hours to better meet patient
demands across the region, particularly at peak times to improve
"This is in response to the national Ambulance Response Programme
(ARP) which will improve response times to critically ill patients.
It will make sure that the best, high quality, most appropriate
response is provided for each patient first time."
"SWASFTs Rota Review project aims are to have the right
number of staff on duty at the right time and in the right place
meeting peak demands."
"The benefits for North Somerset are an increased availability
of Double Crewed Ambulances (DCAs), replacing some Rapid Response
Vehicles (RRV), and this means more DCAs at peak times running in
"As a direct result of the rota review the model predictions
(made last year) found that patients dialling 999 will receive an