EMAS approves station closures

Market Rasen ambulance station is to close as part of a major reorganisation by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

EMAS chiefs have approved proposals made in its Being the Best change programme after a lengthy consultation.

Market Rasen will have a community ambulance station - a place where crews can stop for a rest and meal break.

There will be nine main ‘hubs’ - the nearest in Lincoln.

And there will be 19 smaller ambulance stations, which will only have rest facilities.

Grimsby and Louth will be the nearest to Market Rasen.

The aim of the multi-million pound scheme is to improve EMAS’s response times to emergency 999 calls.

It also aims to improve the working lives of frontline staff.

Changes are due to be implemented over the next five years.