Alston Ambulance

mountain_rescueIn 2011 I was very concerned by the possibility that Alston and the surrounding area would be left without out-of-hours medical cover, and was consequently extremely supportive of the campaign for retention of the ambulance service. I wrote to the North West Ambulance Service Trust (NWAST) to indicate my strong concern, to request sight of the criteria set out by the Care Quality Commission, and to explain the very pressing case for Alston Moor to maintain its ambulance service – which has, after all, been a mainstay of the community for over 50 years. I was, therefore, extremely gratified when, in an example of Cumbrian community action at its best, we saved the Alston Ambulance.


Rory and Alston League of Friends have successfully saved the community ambulance from abolition. The decision by Northwest Ambulance Service and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group to retain the vehicle and to train twelve community first responders, marks the culmination of two and a half years of intensive meetings and negotiations. Despite a severe snow […]

Alston Community Ambulance: Success

  We have just had some fantastic news. The Alston Community Ambulance – the only one of its kind – which was threatened with abolition, has been saved. This marks the culmination of two and a half years of intensive meetings and negotiations. I am writing in a snowstorm on Alston Moor, which emphasises – […]

alston community ambulance

Rory has written in strong support of the Alston community ambulance to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Trust’s Director of Performance and Patient Experience, Sarah Byrom. The Penrith and the Border MP, who has long championed the valuable service carried out by the ambulance in the Alston Moor area, said that “the community ambulance […]

ambulance protocol

Rory has expressed his delight that Ministers have listened to his request to alter legislation that previously barred ambulances from entering crime scenes until declared safe by the police. The protocol – which prevented two of the north-west region’s ambulance charities, the Great North Air Ambulance and the North West Ambulance Service, from attending immediately […]