New £1.4 Million Ambulance Station Opened in Kilmarnock

 Monday 15 April 2013

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Kilmarnock today.

The facility in Western Road cost £1.4 million and is a complete new build station that provides 50% more space (607sqm) than the previous station, creating significantly improved, modern operational facilities for the 59 staff that are based there.

Five emergency ambulances and six patient transport vehicles are based at the new station.  Each year, staff at the station respond to around 8,000 emergency incidents, and transport approximately 25,000 patients to and from their hospital outpatient appointments.

Staff in Kilmarnock were involved from the start of the project and contributed to the design of facilities in the new station.  The building is fully compliant with all the latest standards for control of infection with improved sluice and vehicle cleaning facilities.  It was designed with the latest environmentally friendly heating and lighting systems to increase energy efficiency. The teams on duty at the station now benefit from new locker rooms and changing facilities and there is a dedicated area within the station for training.

Health Secretary, Alex Neil, said:
"I was delighted to be asked to officially open this new station, which represents a significant investment in creating a modern, functional work environment for ambulance staff that fully meets their needs.

"This 1.4 million pound investment is a great example of our continued commitment to the Scottish Ambulance Service and to the patients who rely on both the emergency service and patient transport service every day.

"Modern facilities offer great benefits to the staff working from them, and will ultimately lead to the best possible patient care. I was particularly pleased to hear that staff had been involved in designing the new facility and I hope they enjoy working from it in the future."

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 Kilmarnock provides state of the art facilities for our crews which will support their continued professional development and enhance patient care.”

The average response time to potentially life threatening calls in Ayrshire & Arran is around 6.5 minutes.