New Ambulance Funding for West Grampian

 Thursday 25 January 2018

The Scottish Ambulance Service has announced plans to create three new ambulance posts in Dufftown as part of an investment package which will enhance resilience in West Grampian.

The investment will allow the Service to improve services for patients and ensure they continue to receive the highest possible standards of care.

As a result of this new investment, on call working at Dufftown Ambulance Station will be replaced with 24/7 on station working.

The Scottish Ambulance Service have been working closely with local staff and partners across the region. 

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, said:

“We are delighted to announce this investment which will bring three additional ambulance staff to West Grampian. It will ensure patients continue to receive access to the highest possible standards of care.

“This funding will create additional employment opportunities for the local area and complements the wider investment we have been making across the region in response to changing patient needs.

“The Scottish Ambulance Service has been working closely with local staff and partners and the action we are taking will create important additional capacity and allow us to increase staff resilience by removing on-call arrangements.

“This is an important step forward and is part of wider reform work we are undertaking to implement new ways of working to improve patient care and help our staff. Our aim is to get the right response out to the patient first time, whether that be a paramedic, ambulance, air ambulance or non-emergency patient transfer, and these three additional posts will help us continue to deliver outstanding care for our patients.“

Milne Weir, North Regional Director for the Scottish Ambulance Service said:

“Our staff are busier than ever and this important investment will allow us to further improve the excellent care our staff are providing for patients across the North East.
“We will continue to work with our staff, their representatives and NHS Grampian to develop our services in region, both in the short term and as we put additional staff in place.

“We will be advertising for new and qualified ambulance staff in the following weeks, with the additional staff going through a period of training following the recruitment process.“