Dufftown Station Doubles in Size in £250k Extension

 Wednesday 18 February 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £250,000 in a major expansion to Dufftown ambulance station, doubling the size of the facility.

The initiative is part of the Service’s national property strategy to upgrade stations across Scotland.

The new base was formally opened today (Wendesday 18 February) by the Service Chairman, David Garbutt. It has been fully refurbished to accommodate the nine members of staff who operate from the station.

Each year, the local team respond to around 400 emergencies and urgent requests from doctors to transfer patients to hospital. They have been closely supported for many years by Dr Heneghan, who recently retired from GP practice after 35 years. He continues to work with the team in his capacity as a doctor with BASICS Scotland, (British Association of Immediate Care) often responding to emergencies with local crews.

The new building meets all the required NHS standards for the control of infection with improved laundry, sluice and vehicle cleaning facilities.  Additional rooms have been created to allow space for Educational and Clinical Development and learning.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service said:
“Our ambulance teams in Dufftown respond to patients in some of the most challenging conditions in the country during the winter months, treating and transferring patients over long distances.

“The investment has created a modern, high quality building and fit for purpose working environment that provides additional facilities for staff’s continued professional development.”

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