Kenilworth ambulance fears in centralisation talks

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Fears have been raised for the future of Kenilworth’s ambulance service after talk of centralising staff in the district.

The manned post and ambulance site in the town centre is thought to be under threat of closure in new centralisation plans across the district.

The 24-hour post in Jubilee House opened around a year ago and includes parking and charging points for paramedic vehicles and an ambulance to serve as far as Coventry.

Nobody from the West Midlands Ambulance Service was able to confirm or deny a move before the KWN went to press.

But Kenilworth Town Council has called for official answers and information over the move which is thought to be down to performance and numbers regionally.

Calling for action to save the service for the town, Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Parkhill) said answers need to be given at this critical time.

Speaking with upset and shock at their last meeting, Cllr Shilton said: “There is real talk that the ambulance service here is being pulled out to go to Leamimgton or beyond.

“After all the negotiations we did to bring that service to this town - and they have been doing a wonderful job here - it is now under threat.

“If it is going to be moved now then I don’t know why the service was enhanced in the first place.

“I just cannot understand the logic. This is a good service for the citizens of our town which is being taken away.”

Cllr George Illingworth (Con, Abbey), who expressed thanks for the service since the move, said he hoped any changes would take into account the cross-border service and the response times from Kenilworth and beyond without a town hub.

“Leamington is much further from Coventry, so I hope that has ben considered,” he told members.

Town mayor, Felicity Bunker (Con, Parkhill) thanked all the staff for doing a “wonderful job” in the town and agreed that a letter would be written from the council calling for an explanation of the proposals over the next few weeks.