Better facilities mean a better service for all

Ambulance station staff are delighted with the new Kirkcaldy facility
Ambulance station staff are delighted with the new Kirkcaldy facility

staff at Kirkcaldy’s newly refurbished ambulance depot have given a big thumbs up to their new facilities.

With separate locker rooms, new mess room and kitchen with plasma televisions, training room, sluice room, showers, on-site laundry facilities and new vehicle washing bay, the modern depot, which has undergone a £375,000 investment, has everything the busy base needs.

Upgraded

The upgraded depot was formally opened on Friday by David Garbutt, chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), who said: “The investment to upgrade and expand the station at Kirkcaldy will significantly improve the working environment for the increasing numbers of staff who are based there.

“The new facilities are of the highest standard and more than meet all of the important infection control standards.”

The original station has been expanded and completely renovated over the past five months to create a better working environment for the 41 staff.

And Mr Garbutt said the changes made would be vital “as we change the way we deliver things, upskill our staff and bring people into a more integrated ambulance service.”

He said changes being made to police and fire services would impact on how the ambulance service operates.

“We have a public who can rely on the ambulance service and surveys done over the years show their satisfaction is accordingly high with 98 per cent saying we do an excellent job. We have now just to capture that other two per cent.”

He said the job of ambulance personnel had changed drastically and would continue to get more complex as the service responds to take on more duties, including some previously done by GPs.

Challenges

“The fact we have the support of the community and the MSP is evidence of the great service we are providing, and I look forward to that continuing despite the challenges on financing facing everyone across the country.”

Heather Kenney, director of strategic planning and quality improvement with SAS, praised staff at the Kirkcaldy station for consistently being above the national average for delivering services.

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, who attended the opening ceremony, said: “This welcome refurbishment of facilities is money well spent to give employees a better environment to work in. It will make this critical care service more efficient and brings it up to modern day standards which is badly needed in the Kirkcaldy area.”