New su­per sta­tion on the hori­zon

Penrith Press - - NEWS - Is­abell Petrinic

PEN­RITH’S 76-year-old am­bu­lance sta­tion in High St will shut its doors when the new “su­per” sta­tion opens on the other end of the street, near Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal.

An Am­bu­lance NSW spokes­woman said the cur­rent Pen­rith Am­bu­lance Sta­tion, op­po­site Woodriff Gar­dens Ten­nis Courts, was built in 1941 and “is no longer fit to sup­port paramedics or the lo­cal com­mu­nity”.

The new sta­tion at 141-152 High St, is ex­pected to be com­pleted this year.

“Pen­rith staff will start and end their shifts at the brand new su­per­sta­tion (short for Paramedic Re­sponse Cen­tre),” she said. “The cur­rent age­ing sta­tion has ca­pac­ity for nine am­bu­lance ve­hi­cles and 42 staff.”

The new fa­cil­ity will house up to 22 am­bu­lance ve­hi­cles and be sup­ported by “a net­work of ex­ist­ing sta­tions and standby fa­cil­i­ties called Paramedic Re­sponse Points which will be strate­gi­cally lo­cated in ar­eas of high pa­tient de­mand’’.

It will also in­clude ad­min­is­tra­tion, of­fice ar­eas and ameni­ties, as well as on-site park­ing, a lo­gis­tics and stor­age area and an ex­ter­nal wash bay. The project is be­ing de­liv­ered as part of the NSW gov­ern­ment-funded $150 mil­lion Syd­ney Am­bu­lance Metropoli­tan Strat­egy.

Pen­rith was se­lected as one of the state’s five su­per­sta­tion lo­ca­tions due to its prox­im­ity to ar­te­rial roads and a ma­jor hos­pi­tal.

NSW Am­bu­lance re­ceives a triple-0 call ev­ery 28 sec­onds on av­er­age.

Pen­rith Am­bu­lance Sta­tion in the 1930s.

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