Have your say on changes to the ambulance service

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Residents are being invited to attend a public meeting about healthcare in the county, including changes to the ambulance service.

Anyone attending the engagement and public meeting in November can have a free mini health check at the event, and they can find out about the work and priorities at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

Richard Clayton, EMAS assistant director of operations for Northamptonshire, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to local people, organisations and groups to come and find out what we do, how we do it and how we meet their needs.

“In Northamptonshire we respond to over 70,000 emergency 999 calls every year and we are currently consulting on our Being the Best proposals, which are designed to help us get to people quicker and improve the working lives of our staff.

“The event will give me and my team the opportunity to hear direct from the people we serve and involve them in discussions about our current and future ambulance service provision.

“We will explain what our proposals mean and invite them to have their say.

“By attending this event people can make sure that their views – the things that really matter in Northamptonshire - are heard.”

The event includes the opportunity to have a tour of an emergency ambulance vehicle, hear short presentations from frontline staff, visit health information stands, and discussion groups focusing on the Being the Best proposals.

Mr Clayton added: “Our community engagement event is a great way to involve the local community and I would encourage anyone with an interest in their local ambulance service to come along and tell us what they think.”

The event is being supported by Northamptonshire LINk.

Northamptonshire Local Involvement Network (LINk) is an independent community organisation funded by the Department of Health.

It is a network of community groups and individuals who work together to give the people of Northamptonshire a voice.

The aim of LINk is to ensure that health and social care services are user-led.

To reserve a free place at the event being held on Friday, November 9, with registration from 9.30am for a 10am start at Northampton Saints Rugby Club, Franklins Gardens, Weedon Road, Northampton, call 0116 2869378 or email gulnaz.katchi@emas.nhs.uk.