I’m lucky to still be alive: Fight for our ambulances

I am currently trying to inform all Derbyshire people about the proposed East Midlands Ambulance Service proposals.

I want people to understand how it will affect them, and their local ambulance cover. It is vital people know the dates of the farcical public consultations they are holding.

I was hit by a car in December 2011. I suffered multiple life-threatening injuries. Without the fast response of the currently operational Buxton ambulance station, I would be dead.

These proposals may well increase their ability to reach areas faster which have higher call volumes, but will leave the rural/semi rural areas of Derbyshire without adequate ambulance cover.

The prognosis for anyone in a similar situation if the proposals go ahead, is poor.

I have assisted in making the public aware and have appeared on BBC Northwest Tonight, Granada Reports and High Peak Radio.

I have seen that the Derbyshire Times has been following the EMAS proposals throughout Derbyshire, and urge you to remind readers of the dates of the EMAS public consultations in the next issue.

Proposed dates affecting readers are as follows:

Tuesday 23 October – 6pm start to 7:30pm. Derby: New venue - Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3NE

Tuesday 6 November - 6pm start to 7:30pm. Buxton: Octagon Lounge, Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE

Friday 16 November - 7pm start to 8:30pm New Mills: The Large Hall, Town Hall, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 4AT

It is important that all readers are informed of these consultations which will affect them.

Chris Hallam

Via email