Major investment in new Lockerbie Ambulance Station

 Friday 7 September 2012

The Scottish Ambulance service has invested over £600,000 in a new ambulance station for Lockerbie that will result in faster response times and improved clinical care for patients in the region.

The new station in Broomhouse Industrial Estate was formally opened by the Service’s Chairman, David Garbutt. It will provide more room and improved facilities for the additional staff that have joined the local team in recent years and is better located for quick access to the M74 and one of the town’s largest housing developments.

There are improved infection control facilities for the 15 staff who work from the station, as well as modern shower and changing rooms.

Emergency crews in Lockerbie respond to around 1200 incidents every year, as well as a further 300 requests from doctors for urgent hospital transfers. In addition, Ambulance Care Assistants transport over 2,200 patients to and from their hospital outpatient appointments. The station operates with 2 emergency ambulances and 2 Patient Transport Service vehicles.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said

“The investment to create a purpose built station at Lockerbie will significantly improve the working environment for the increasing numbers of staff who are based there. The new facilities are of the highest standard and more than meet all of the important infection control standards. The development is part of our national strategy to upgrade our stations to meet the needs of our staff and patients.”

The average ambulance response time to a life threatening call in the Dumfries and Galloway area is 7.9 minutes and for all 999 calls in the region it is 10.3 minutes.