Estates Update As the Trust continues to review it estates portfolio, the relocation of Cadishead ambulance station has now been approved, the fleet maintenance facility in Haydock is underway and the refurbishment of our PTS Contact Centre has now been completed. Individual local representatives/stakeholders will be contacted with regard to updates on their local station. Cadishead: The Trust has a station at Cadishead which is not fit for purpose and requires major investment to bring it up to the appropriate standard. As a result, discussions with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) led to the opportunity to relocate the NWAS staff and vehicle at the nearby Irlam Fire station. The migration of the staff and vehicle took place in August 2014. Haydock: The Trust can confirm that it is closing five out of its six vehicle workshops in Cheshire and Merseyside and is currently constructing a new centralised workshop in Haydock. The centres which are closing are Macclesfield, Northwich, Runcorn, St Helen’s and Anfield.The majority of the existing workshop premises are over 50 years old and are no longer fit for purpose, either in need of extensive repair or unsuitable for our current needs. Costs for the refurbishment of all of the workshops were obtained but it transpired that building a brand new, bespoke facility was more cost effective. The Haydock site will be a purpose-built facility and will maximise the availability of vehicles and hours of service cover. Its location is adjacent to the M6 and A580 which provides good communication routes in all directions. One of the key aims of the project is to reduce or eliminate the need for ambulance crews to drive vehicles to workshops. Crew availability would be enhanced by the use of mobile mechanics and ‘shunters’ for servicing, MOTs and minor repairs – keeping skilled clinicians on the road attending to patients rather than driving to workshops. In addition, mobile mechanics will be able to come out to crews for ‘quick fix’ repairs, these will be despatched from strategic locations around the Cheshire and Merseyside using Haydock as their base for top up parts. PTS Contact Centre: The refurbishment of the Patient Transport Service Contact Centre on the existing site in Lancashire is now complete. The refurbished facility has addressed a number of issues and it now provides a fresh and newly energised centre that will network with the Trust’s other PTS Control Centres for the professional co-ordination of planned pre-hospital care services.