Wiltshire ambulance dispatch centre to close

GWAS ambulance
Image caption Staff at Wiltshire's emergency operations centre work to dispatch ambulances to patients

The closure of an ambulance dispatch centre in Wiltshire will "in no way" affect its service, bosses have said.

Great Western Ambulance Service wants to cut £700,000 a year by moving its Devizes base to its Acuma House facility in north Bristol.

The trust board has agreed the plan to integrate the service, and 33 members of staff, from March next year.

Chief executive Ken Wenman said there would not be a loss of local knowledge or reduction in service to patients.

The majority of staff in the Wiltshire emergency operations centre (EOC) work across a 24-hour period dispatching ambulances around the area.

Mr Wenman said the trust was "keen to retain the expertise and commitment" of these staff.

Last year, GWAS responded to 91,632 emergency incidents across the Wiltshire area, out of a total of 273,300 incidents for the trust as a whole.

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