New standby point opened

Launching the new ambulance standby point PNL-150728-114147001
Launching the new ambulance standby point PNL-150728-114147001

A new ambulance standby point has been opened in Howe Park Wood, Tattenhoe, thanks to a partnership between South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) and The Parks Trust.

This is one of three standby points that are being opened in Milton Keynes, all of them in partnership with The Parks Trust.

The Parks Trust who has provided the ambulance service with a separate room in their new building for the ambulance standby point (ASAP).

Chief executive of The Parks Trust David Foster handed it over to SCAS chief executive Will Hancock to officially celebrate the new acquisition and partnership.

Mr Hancock said: “We are extremely grateful to The Parks Trust.

“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 survival rates for people who have a witnessed cardiac arrest are the best in the country at 39.08 per cent.

Mr Foster 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.”

SCAS area manager Mark Begley said: “Having premises like this in Howe Park Wood will provide our hard working and dedicated ambulance teams a safe location where they can grab a cup of tea and use the facilities while waiting that short time for the next emergency call to come in.”