A new $6.4 million ambulance station officially opens its garage doors today in a major boost for the western suburbs.
The Glengowrie station is now operational 24 hours per day, seven days a week and is perfectly positioned to enhance SA Ambulance Service’s emergency response capability in the western metropolitan area.
“The western suburbs of Adelaide have grown considerably over the past decade. Investment in infrastructure for our ambulance service reinforces the Marshall Government’s commitment to ensuring that South Australians receive quality healthcare when they need it,” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.
“The central location of the new station will lead to improved response times, with easy access to get patients to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.”
Two additional crews have commenced operating from the station. Seven ambulances and two light fleet vehicles are to be based at the Morphett Road facility, which also provides for expansion to meet the future needs of the growing metropolitan west community.
The new station, adjacent to Morphettville Racecourse, has full frontage and direct access to Morphett Road, to provide optimal response time capability in all directions.
The facility includes training and study facilities, ergonomic work stations, a kitchen and crew room, modern staff accommodation, bike storage, and staff car parking including disabled parking.
SA Ambulance Service Chief Executive Officer (Interim), David Place said the new station is a major boost for local ambulance crews.
“Crews now have a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility to call home. The advanced training facilities at the station will also assist us to continue critical staff development and improve our service delivery for the local community.” David Place said.
The State Government committed $12 million to build two new ambulance stations to service growing communities in the metropolitan west and north.
In addition to the new Glengowrie ambulance station, a second facility in Parafield became operational last week.
Member for Morphett Stephen Patterson said the new station was a welcome addition for local residents in the western community.
“I am pleased that ambulance service delivery in our area will be boosted as a result of this investment and am thrilled that as the community continues to grow, the station can expand operations alongside,” said Mr Patterson.
“I am delighted to be able to open the new station and look forward to the local community benefiting from having hard working paramedics and ambulance officers based here.” Mr Patterson said.