An Ambulance Dispatch Point next to West One doctors surgery in Crewkerne, will have CCTV cameras installed, thanks to a donation of £1,500 from the League of Friends of Crewkerne Hospital. The special reserved space for paramedics in the West Street car park was introduced last year, following months of planning and negotiations. It is somewhere that an ambulance can park and keep the vital life-saving equipment on board fully charged and ready to respond to an emergency, at any time of the day or night.
Chairman of the Hospital League of Friends Ron Bond said: “The League took the decision to fund this project because the ambulance crews use the dispatch point out of hours, when there are very few people about. The cameras will offer paramedics a degree of comfort and protection. We are proud to play our part in the introduction of a project, that is so important to the well-being of the people of Crewkerne and the surrounding area. We are delighted that this has finally happened because paramedics can respond more quickly to an emergency and all that means, in terms of saving lives.” The featured photo, courtesy of Rob Wells, shows League Chairman Ron Bond presenting the cheque to Dr Mike Osborne outside of West One surgery. Also in the picture are League member Veronica Chard, Practice Nurse Pat Osborne, Practice Manager Ben Osborne, League Secretary Teresa Bond and League Treasurer Tony Foot.