Wiltshire

New Chippenham ambulance station planned

A new ambulance station is to be built in Wiltshire funded by the sale of land owned the by the ambulance trust.

It will replace Great Western Ambulance Service's existing base at Chippenham which was built 40 years ago.

The trust hopes to raise the cash needed by the sale of land occupied by offices and a former training college.

A spokesman said it was also looking at providing other healthcare-related facilities at the site, including consulting rooms and a pharmacy.

"The facilities next to the station - the former Wiltshire Ambulance Service HQ buildings and the former training college - are surplus to requirements," he said.

"The decision to dispose of the site and re-invest the funds into frontline patient care - including the development of a modern ambulance station - is very much part of the trust's wider estates strategy agreed in May 2011."

The current Chippenham ambulance station houses 50 staff with 40 in frontline emergency care.

It also houses patient transport services and the trust's central stores.

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