£325K Upgrade for Blairgowrie Ambulance Station

 Thursday 5 June 2014

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new look ambulance station in Blairgowrie after a £325,000 investment to upgrade and expand the Perthshire base.

The original station has been expanded to create an improved working environment for the 14 staff based there. The improvements include dedicated sluice and laundry rooms, as well as a new changing room and showers, a kitchen and dining area, along with a wash bay for vehicle cleaning.

Crews at the station respond to around 1,100 emergency calls every year and a further 260 requests from doctors for urgent hospital transfers. In addition, they transport over 7,200 patients to and from their hospital outpatient appointments. It operates with one emergency ambulance and three Patient Transport Service vehicles.

The facility has been fitted out to meet all NHS infection control and hygiene standards, with modern fittings and fixtures throughout.

David Garbutt, Chairman, Scottish Ambulance Service, said “The investment to upgrade and expand the station at Blairgowrie will significantly improve the working environment for the staff who are based there.  The new facilities are of the highest standard and more than meet all of the important infection control standards.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, added: “The development is part of our national property investment strategy to upgrade our stations across the country to meet the needs of our staff and patients, providing the highest standards of clinical care.”

The average ambulance response time to a life threatening call in Perthshire & Tayside is around 6.8 minutes and for all 999 calls in the region it is around 9 minutes.