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Hackney residents invited to have a say on their ambulance service

Hackney residents are invited to have their say on their ambulance service this Saturday (28 February), when staff from the London Ambulance Service will be outside Tesco on Morning Lane, to talk to people about the Service’s plans to become an NHS foundation trust.

At the same time, local people can sign up as members of the Service, giving them the chance to be more involved in how local 999 emergency healthcare services are developed and delivered.

Ambulance Operations Manager Michael Pearce who will be at the event, said: “It’s not very often that people call their ambulance service, but you never know when it might be you or a loved one who needs our care. I’m looking forward to meeting local residents and talking to them about our plans for the future and how we could be run as a foundation trust.”

He added: “As a foundation trust, we will still be an NHS organisation and the care we provide will still be free, but we will have more independence to make changes to our services. Local residents and patients will play an important role in helping us to develop the ambulance service to ensure it meets the needs of Londoners now and in the future.”

Ambulance service staff will be at Tesco, from 10am – 4pm, with staff from City & Hackney Primary Care Trust who will be encouraging local people to give their views on Healthcare for London’s proposals for stroke and major trauma care in the capital.

The Service’s consultation will run until Friday 15 May. People can find out more about the consultation, including dates for public events, and how to become a member of the London Ambulance Service at Alternatively they can contact the foundation trust team on FREEPHONE 0800 7311 388 or email [email protected]

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Notes to editors:

  • NHS ambulance trusts can apply to become foundation trusts from 1 April 2009
  • For further information, please contact the Communications Department on 020 7921 5113