Cash boost for district’s ambulance crews

Ambulance station has benefitted from a �500,000 investment
Ambulance station has benefitted from a �500,000 investment

Mercy crews are benefitting from a £500,000 investment in their Falkirk base.

David Garbutt, chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service formally opened the facility in Grangemouth Road.

The former fire station has been completely refurbished to house the 51 emergency staff and 20 patient transport service staff who respond to around 9000 emergencies and complete almost 40,000 patient journeys to and from hospital each year.

The building is now fully compliant with latest NHS standards for the control of infection, with improved laundry and vehicle cleaning provision as well as kitchen, locker rooms and training facilities.

The new headquarters, previously occupied by the fire service then Red Cross, is now home to staff who used to be based at Windsor Road and at Larbert Fire Station.

Emergency 999 demand in the area is increasing by over six per cent a year with falls by the elderly one of the most common reasons for people calling for an ambulance.

Local crews are about to take part in a pilot scheme that will see more pensioners who take a tumble treated safely at home without the need to be transported to hospital.

Working in partnership with Falkirk Council’s Emergency Care Services (MECS) team, ambulance crews will undertake a clinical assessment and where appropriate refer patients to MECS for further support from social care.

David Garbutt said: “The investment provides a modern fit-for-purpose working environment for the merged teams from Falkirk and Larbert stations. The facilities are of the highest standard and the location provides very quick access to the wider Falkirk area, improving response times across the region.”