SECAmb to officially open Ashford Make Ready Centre
26 July 2012
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS
Foundation Trust will officially mark the opening of it its new
purpose-built Make Ready Centre in Ashford, Kent, with a special
event on Tuesday 31 July.
Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, Councillor
Robert Davidson and his wife Daphne will be joined by SECAmb staff
and guests including colleagues from the NHS and fellow emergency
Guests will have the opportunity to meet staff
and be given the opportunity to learn more about the award-winning
vehicle preparation system, which significantly enhances and
improves the service SECAmb provides to the community.
SECAmb’s East Hazardous Area Response Team,
(HART), which is also based at the depot will put on a
demonstration to highlight their additional skills and the
specialist equipment they use and the Mayor and Mayoress will
unveil a plaque.
SECAmb’s Make Ready system minimises the risk
of cross-infection; frees up front-line staff, who historically
have cleaned and re-stocked ambulances, to spend more time treating
patients; and keeps vehicles on the road for longer.
The system ensures that specially-trained
operatives regularly deep-clean, restock and check vehicles for
The centre is supported by a network of
strategically-placed Ambulance Community Responses Posts (ACRPs)
across South East Kent.
Ambulance clinicians begin and end their
shifts at the Make Ready Centre and respond from the ACRPs, where
there are facilities for staff. Staff can also return and pick up a
‘Made Ready’ vehicle during their shift should they need to, thus
ensuring they can begin to respond to emergencies more quickly than
in the past when they would have to clean and restock their
SECAmb’s Programme Director of Estates, Geoff
Catling said: “We’re delighted to be officially marking the opening
of our Ashford Make Ready Centre. A great deal of work has gone on
to introduce the system across our region and most recently in
Kent. I’d like to thank everyone involved.
“Make Ready ensures we have a system in place
where our staff are spending more time doing the job they are
trained to do – treating patients. You would not expect to see the
pilot of an aircraft cleaning the plane before every flight and
that is what we are looking to achieve with the Make Ready