November 6, 2018
South East Coast Ambulance (SECamb) Trust is set to receive an extra £30 million in funding over the next three years. The extra money is part of a project to improve patient care across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
The investment will allow the trust to increase its number of paramedics and staff in emergency operation centres. It will also allow some of the fleet to be replaced, including ambulances and non-emergency patient transport so that they can successfully respond to all types of calls.
Ambulances to Meet Demands
An independent review, commissioned by SECamb, looked at how the trust could improve their services to meet public demand.
Darren Mochrie, chief executive, SECAmb commented: “I’m really pleased that by working closely with our commissioners over a number of months we’ve been able to agree and secure this vital additional funding. This is great news for our patients and staff and a positive move to ensure we’re better placed to meet and tackle the demand and challenges we face in the years ahead.
“The ambulance service plays a key role in the wider NHS and I’m confident that this significant investment will not only help us directly as an organisation but, through the improvements we’re able to deliver, the wider NHS as a whole across our region.”
SECamb will receive £10 million per year over the next three years. With the winter months approaching this first round of funding will allow the trust to prepare for the increase in demand.
Darren Mochrie added: “This is an important step ahead of the winter months when, as ever, we will face increased demand. I’d like thank everyone who’s been involved in this work but also pay tribute to all our staff, who continue to work hard and with the utmost professionalism, to ensure patients receive the care they deserve.”