Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

Former Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Andrew Welcomes Ambulance Boost



Local MP Andrew Percy has welcomed news that the Goole area is going to benefit from increased cover from the Ambulance Service in the coming weeks. The announcement follows a recent meeting between the MP and the Ambulance Trust which was also attended by Goole North Lib Dem Cllr Jean Kitching and NHS Campaigner Josie Head.


The MP had raised questions over the availability of cover locally following a night shift with one of the crews at Goole. The most recent meeting also discussed the use of the Minor Injuries Unit at Goole Hospital by the Ambulance service. There was concern that due to limitations at the Unit, patients are often sent to A&E departments at Hull or Scunthorpe, meaning that Ambulances can be some distance from Goole.


In addition to a commitment from the Hospital Trust to look at how the Minor Injuries Unit is used, the Ambulance Trust have confirmed that -




Andrew Percy MP says: "These are excellent developments and I am delighted that the Trust has worked with me to help improve cover in the Goole area. When I went out on a night shift with one of the crews at Goole, I saw for myself the dedication of these teams. However, I also saw how often Ambulances from our area could be called to other locations and how they can get stuck in places like Hull or York when they have to take patients to those hospitals. The extra two staff that are coming to Goole should help improve availability at Goole.


One issue I decided to follow up on after my night out with the crew was how we could improve response times to locations such as the Marshland villages. When you take into account the docks and the railway crossing, it can take quite some time to get out there. That is why I am pleased the Trust is going to look at recruiting more community first responders.


Response times in Goole itself could also be improved by the trial of the cycle response. With traffic the way it is these days, the cycle could well get to a patient first meaning that treatment could begin whilst the Ambulance was also on the way. These are excellent developments and it just goes to show what can be achieved when you we work positively together."

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