New Ambulance Station Opened in Prestonpans

 Thursday 10 April 2014

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

The new station in Mid Road Industrial Estate started operations at the end of 2013 and cost £730,000. It is located close to major roads for fast response to 999 calls and provides modern operational facilities for the 22 staff that are based there.

Three emergency ambulances and three patient transport vehicles are based at the new facility.  Emergency crews at the station respond to around 16 incidents every day while the three patient transport vehicles have completed 1,486 patient journeys in the last three months.

The staff were previously based at Edenhall Hospital and then Dalkeith while the Prestonpans facility was under construction and contributed to the design of facilities in the new station.  The building is fully compliant with all the latest NHS standards for control of infection, with improved laundry, sluice and vehicle cleaning facilities, as well as a kitchen and locker rooms for staff.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:
“The investment in this station is a great example of our continued commitment to the Scottish Ambulance Service and the patients who rely on both the emergency service and patient transport service every day.
“These modern facilities offer great benefits to the staff, and I was particularly pleased to hear that staff had been involved in designing the new facility.
“Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we have committed to spending over £2 billion on improving NHS infrastructure over four years.”

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 Prestonpans provides fit for purpose facilities for our crews which will enhance patient care.”

The average response time to potentially life threatening calls in the Lothians is around 6.5 minutes.