New stand-by point means speedier ambulance response for patients in Milton Keynes

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Ambulances services are set to become even speedier in MK with the opening of a new stand-by point in Tattenhoe.

The point is in the Howe Park Wood visitor’s centre, which is run by the Parks Trust.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has been working in partnership with the trust to provide more facilities.

Will Hancock, Chief Executive, of SCAS said: “We are extremely grateful to the Parks Trust for working with us to facilitate their building as a stand-by point for our crews.

“The ASAP is a fantastic facility which will enable us to remain in the community to ensure we can respond quickly in the event of a life threatening emergency.

“This is especially important in cases of cardiac arrest where our quick arrival can improve the patient’s chance of long term survival and recovery.”

SCAS’s ‘Return of Spontaneous Circulation’ survival rates are the best in the country at 39.08%.

The new facility was handed over by The Parks Trust Chief Executive, David Foster to SCAS Chief Executive Will Hancock.

David Foster, Chief Executive at The Parks Trust, said: “It is great to see Howe Park Wood Education and Visitor Centre can act as a base for South Central Ambulance Trust staff.

“The centre has already attracted many visitors from schools and the general public. It’s nice to use the building to help facilitate emergency staff while they are on duty.”