New Ambulance Station Increases Capacity in Cumbernauld

 Wednesday 18 January 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £330,000 in the development of a new ambulance station in Cumbernauld that has been designed to meet the needs of its growing staff contingent.

In recent years ambulance resources in Cumbernauld have more than doubled and the old base at Greenfaulds Road had become too small, with no room for development. 

The new station on Lenziemill Road will be home to 43 staff. Two emergency ambulances and a paramedic response unit operate from the station, responding to 999 calls in the area around the clock. Last year staff at the station responded to more than 7,000 emergency incidents. In addition, three Patient Transport Service vehicles take patients to hospital clinics, along with a car dedicated for taking renal patients into hospital for dialysis.

The station has been fitted out to meet all the latest infection control and hygiene standards. It provides a significantly improved working environment for staff with better changing areas, training and development facilities and garaging for all vehicles.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened the new  station today. He said:

“The new station is impressive and has been designed to meet the needs of our staff, who provide a 24/7 service from the facility, in all conditions, throughout the year.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, added:

“This investment is part of our national strategy to upgrade and improve facilities, providing a modern fit for purpose work environment that allows enables our staff to deliver a first class service to the local community.”