East Sussex MPs have welcomed £12.28 million in new funding to support paramedics to get on the road faster.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service will benefit from government capital funding, including £6.52 million for Medway, £5.52 million for Brighton and £0.24 million for Worthing.

The ‘make ready hubs’ allow ambulance trusts to improve turnaround times for their ambulance fleets by using specialist staff and facilities to quickly restock, refuel and clean ambulances, getting them back on the road faster and maximising paramedic time with patients.

Brighton already benefits from a make ready hub, and the hub will now receive an investment of £5.52 million to allow them to expand even further, as well as recruiting more staff to improve the ambulance coverage in the area.

Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield said “I welcome this significant investment in South East Coast Ambulance Service which will enable our hardworking paramedics to be back out on the road quicker, giving them more time to spend with patients.

“This is on top of Government funding including £36.3 million to ambulance trusts across the country to better equip services ahead of this winter, and £240 million nationally to help adult social care this winter with East Sussex receiving £2.5 million.”