Published: 26/01/2018 10:34 - Updated: 26/01/2018 10:47

New ambulance staff will provide 24/7 cover from Dufftown

ambulance THE Scottish Ambulance Service is spending £80,000 to recruit three new staff to Dufftown station so it can respond to calls 24/7.

The move means the station will no longer have to operate on an on-call basis, as it does at present.

Pauline Howie, chief executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: "This is an important step forward and is part of wider reform 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."

The service will be advertising for new and qualified ambulance staff in the following weeks, with recruits going through a period of training afterwards.

Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead welcomed the announcement as a "big step-forward" in his campaign for additional resources to be allocated to the region.

He said: "There’s been real pressure on our local ambulance service in recent years, with overstretched crews and stressful working conditions.

"I hope that the Scottish Ambulance Service will continue to look at ways they can expand the service in Moray, in particular I will be continuing to press for new additional ambulance resource based in Elgin."

Mr Lochhead recently organised a visit to Moray by Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

During her visit she met ambulance staff to discuss how the service could be improved.

In 2015, the Scottish Ambulance Service invested £250,000 to double the size of Dufftown ambulance station.

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