Trust to develop a Make Ready Centre in Brighton
18 September 2012
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
has submitted a planning application to create a purpose built Make
Ready Centre in Falmer.
The Trust submitted the plan to create the centre on Woollards
Field, Lewes Road, Falmer with Brighton and Hove City Council on
Monday, 17 September.
If approved, the new centre will not only be a centre where
ambulances are made ready for crews before every shift, it will
also provide spacious and modern training and meeting
Designed to have a limited impact on the environment, the new
building will feature thermal modelling and a central building
management system to monitor energy consumption, recycling water
for vehicle washing and rainwater harvesting for toilets.
The new centre would be the third central reporting Make Ready
Centre that the Trust develops with the other two in Ashford and
Paddock Wood, Kent.
SECAmb’s Programme Director for Estates, Geoff Catling, said:
“These facilities will not only ensure that our clinical staff are
freed up to do the job they are trained to do – treat
patients, there will be the prospect of job opportunities as
our Make Ready contractors look to recruit make ready
Traditionally ambulance crews have been responsible for cleaning
and restocking ambulances before and after shifts. Within the Make
Ready system specialist teams of staff are employed to clean,
restock and maintain vehicles.
These teams are responsible for regularly deep-cleaning and
swabbing vehicles for the presence of micro-organisms including
MRSA and CDiff. They restocked ambulances to a standardised
specification, checking and servicing equipment on regular basis.
To reduce the risk of vehicle breakdowns, on-site vehicle
maintenance experts are also on-hand to undertake routine checks
Work is currently underway to establish which stations will
report to the new facilities but it is expected that staff from
Brighton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Hove, Lewes and Newhaven
(Patient Transport Service only) will relocate.
The staff will begin and end their shifts at the centre but
during their shift will respond from a network of Ambulance
Community Response Posts. They will be located based on
patient demand but it is expected that posts will be found in towns
currently served by ambulance stations. It may be possible the
current ambulance stations will be converted into ambulance
Decisions regarding the closure of ambulance stations will be
made on an individual basis and on whether they are in the best
location to respond to patients. However, the closures of
ambulance stations will only take place once a response post is
operational – thus protecting and enhancing the service we provide