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Littlehampton and Shoreham staff to report for shifts at central Worthing base

04 April 2018

Ambulance Make ReadySouth East Coast Ambulance Service is introducing changes to Shoreham and Littlehampton ambulance stations as part of plans to introduce its ‘Make Ready’ system across its region.

The changes will see staff currently working out of Shoreham and Littlehampton begin and end their shifts at Worthing Ambulance Station. Both Shoreham and Littlehampton ambulance stations will be retained as Ambulance Community Response Posts, (ACRPs), meaning emergency cover to the area will be unchanged.

The plans are part of the Trust’s ongoing work to move all of its estate to the Make Ready system – a vehicle preparation system which sees specialist teams of staff employed to clean, restock and maintain vehicles, meaning staff, who previously undertook these tasks, can spend more time treating patients.

The move, which is linked to and follows on from the introduction of a Make Ready Centre in Tangmere, sees staff move to a central reporting model, already in place across much of SECAmb’s region. It is expected to improve performance in a number of areas including medicines management and vehicle cleaning and restocking. As part of the changes, the number of vehicle preparation staff based at Worthing Ambulance Station will increase as it is converted to a Make Ready Centre.

Littlehampton Ambulance Station will convert to an ACRP on Tuesday 17 April, while Shoreham Ambulance Station will convert into an ACRP on Thursday 19 April.

Under the Make Ready system, each vehicle is fully stocked to a standardised specification with equipment checked and serviced regularly. Vehicles are regularly deep-cleaned and swapped for the presence of micro-organisms including MRSA and CDiff.

SECAmb Regional Operations Manager Andy Cashman said: “It’s important that we make this change to ensure we are able to provide the best possible care to patients. The move will help in a number of areas including vehicle stocking and cleaning and ensure staff have better access to managers and switch to work under the same system as is in place across the majority of our region.

“By retaining our Littlehampton and Shoreham locations and response posts we are ensuring emergency cover to the area is maintained. We appreciate that change is not always easy and that the changes do have an impact on some of the affected staff who may have to travel further from home to start their shifts. We thank them for their understanding and professionalism.”

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