£500k Investment in New Falkirk Ambulance Station

 Friday 21 November 2014

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new ambulance station in Falkirk today which has benefitted from a £500,000 investment and upgrade programme to improve ambulance care in the area.

Ambulance staff have moved from the old station in Windsor Road and the Fire station in Larbert into the new facility in Grangemouth Road, previously owned by the Red Cross.

The new station has been fully refurbished to accommodate 51 emergency staff and 20 Patient Transport Service staff. They respond to around 9,000 emergencies every year and undertake almost 40,000 patient journeys, to and from hospital care appointments.

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

Emergency 999 demand is increasing in the area by 6.4% and falls by the elderly is one of the most common reasons that people call for an ambulance.  Ambulance teams in Falkirk are about to embark on a pilot referral scheme that will see more elderly people who fall treated safely at home.  Working in partnership with Falkirk Council’s Emergency Care Services (MECS), ambulance crews will undertake a clinical assessment of elderly people who fall and where appropriate will refer patients to MECS for further support from social care.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“The investment in the new station on Grangemouth Road provides a modern fit for purpose working environment for the merged teams from Larbert and the old Falkirk station.  The facilities are of the highest standard and meet all of the stringent NHS hygiene standards. The new location provides very quick access to the wider Falkirk area and will improve response times across the region.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, added:
“The development is part of our national property investment strategy to upgrade our stations across the country to meet the needs of our staff and patients, providing the highest standards of clinical care.” 

The average response time to potentially life threatening calls in Forth Valley is around seven minutes.