New Ambulance service for West County comes into force
A new ambulance service covering the entire south west started its care for over 2,000 patients a day yesterday.
The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) had swallowed the Great Western Ambulance Service to become one body for the entire region.
The service will cover Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of SWASFT said: "We believe the enlarged organisation has the opportunity to provide the best care available in the country to patients and we are committed to delivering benefits to the public and patients across the South West.
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"With a larger workforce, we have greater resilience and flexibility to meet the challenges in healthcare in the months and years ahead.
The merger was given the go-ahead by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last month after a long process in front of a range of boards.
"I know how unsettling the last 14 months have been - but whenever I have met staff across the region, they have been committed and professional" added Mr Wenman.
"On behalf of the board and patients, I would like to thanks and acknowledge that fantastic effort."