Alston Moor's Community Ambulance and its dedicated crew is under threat. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has announced plans to take away the emergency vehicle and make the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) redundant. This tight-knit community of around 2,500 people spread over a beautiful but remote landscape of 80 square miles is pulling together to do everything they can to stop this from happening. Alston Moor, nestled high up in the North Pennines is a popular tourist destination. An ideal base not only for Cumbria, but for visiting Northumberland, Teesdale, the Lake District and even Scotland. We want our residents to be safe, but also our very welcome day-trippers and holiday-makers.
The NHS Ambulance Standards state that the average response time for life-threatening illnesses or injuries (category 1) is seven minutes and emergency call-outs (category 2) 18 minutes. Without an ambulance and EMTs on Alston Moor it would take a MINIMUM of 40 minutes to reach the scene. That time could easily stretch to two hours or more, depending on the weather, traffic and if, through no fault of their own the ambulance sent from Penrith, Carlisle or even as far as Preston and Manchester can't find the location due to their lack of local knowledge.
This website provides information about our campaign. The background, what we've done, what we're planning to do and all the latest up-to-date news and events. Please sign our petition and email us with ideas and any other support you can offer. Most of all tell as many people as you can about the 'Save Alston Moor's Ambulance' campaign. The fight to save our services is a monumental one, but if we all work together we can win.
It is a fight we MUST win, because if we fail then there is one certain – lives will be lost!
We've had stories in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, in the News & Star - and now in a national paper. Here's hoping there will be many more! Read it all here.
"Three hours wait for an ambulance? Cumbrian town fights to keep ...
NWAS came to Alston Moor Parish Council Meeting on Monday 2nd August.
They were met by over two hundred people silently protesting about the threat to remove our ambulance and our medical technicians.
This is the a very small part of the road that an ambulance from Penrith has to travel to get to an emergency on Alston Moor.
What do you think? Will they be with the patient in 8 mins? 15mins? or even 30 mins?
We know they never have ...
Dear Mr Blezard
Thank you for your e-mail, as sent to me and to Sonia Kempsey of the Alston Moor Partnership and possibly others. This is the first time anyone has provided any of us with an explanation, so that is appreciated.
This is the response to our letter to the Directors of NWAS. This is from the CEO at NWAS
ALSTON AMBULANCE SERVICE
Thank you for your email to myself, our Chair, Peter White and the Director of Strategy, Partnerships ...
There were several letters and an article in the Herald this week.
Please will you also write to the Herald too. Any story you have about our local ambulance would be great.
Here they are the articles/letters so far.
Calling out ...
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Another write up in the Herald, this time saying that the NWAS officer is a little confused i what he is saying.
We support our Emergency Medical Technicians and really appreciate the people who are now putting themselves forward as first responders ...
Written to Neil Hudson - local MP
Written to local groups to ask for emails from them to give their ...