£2.2 Million Investment in New Aberdeen Ambulance Station

 Friday 4 March 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Aberdeen today.

The new facility cost £2.2 million and has been built on the site of the old station, which has served Aberdeen for 62 years to the day since its opening on 4 March 1954.

Twenty seven staff were based at the original station, which cost £25,000 and was opened by Dr May Baird, Chair of the North Eastern Regional Hospital Board at that time.

Today, 105 staff operate from the new base with seven emergency ambulances, two Paramedic Response Units, one specialist neonatal ambulance, one Bariatric Support Vehicle, as well as 15 Patient Transport Ambulances.

In the last year, teams at the station responded to around 24,000 emergencies and requests from GPs for urgent patient transfers to hospital, as well as routine medical calls. Patient Transport staff undertook over 33,000 patient journeys, taking those with medical need to and from hospital appointments.

Staff were involved in the design of the new building which meets all the latest NHS infection control standards, with improved laundry, sluice and vehicle cleaning facilities. It also incorporates the latest environmentally friendly heating and lighting systems to increase energy efficiency.

Crews based at the station now benefit from new locker rooms and changing facilities, along with an area dedicated to training, skills development and eLearning. The local Educational and Professional Development Team will also relocate and be based in the new building.

Health Secretary, Shona Robison, said:
“I’m delighted to be here to open Aberdeen’s brand new ambulance station. This specialist facility has been designed to the high standards expected of modern healthcare facilities today and will provide a comfortable new base which local ambulance staff can work from.

“It is certainly timely that we are opening this new station here today, exactly 62 years to the day from when the previous station was opened.

“The investment in this station is a great example of our continued commitment to the Scottish Ambulance Service and indeed to the patients who rely on both the emergency service and patient transport service every day.”

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“The investment is part of a national programme to upgrade and modernise ambulance stations to meet the needs of our staff and patients.  The new station in Aberdeen provides state of the art facilities for our crews which will support their continued professional development and enhance patient care.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“As demand continues to increase, our ambulance staff are busier than ever responding with dedication and compassion to the needs of patients in their community, often in very challenging conditions. This new station ensures that they have a modern, fit for purpose work environment with facilities that support the continued delivery of the highest standards of patient care.”

During the construction programme, Aberdeen staff relocated to a temporary base with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on North Anderson Drive.