Quicker re­sponse saves lives

New sta­tion helps pa­tients

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­daily news.com.au

A YOUNG widow hopes the new $5.9 mil­lion am­bu­lance sta­tion in Pottsville will en­sure other fam­i­lies won’t en­dure the same pain she went through when her hus­band died last year.

Re­becca (Bec) Tate’s hus­band James, 31, died six days af­ter he suf­fered a mas­sive heart at­tack on Jan­uary 21, 2017.

Ms Tate, who works as a reg­is­tered nurse in the car­diac unit of Tweed Hos­pi­tal, said they had to wait up to 20 min­utes for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive at their home af­ter he went into car­diac ar­rest.

“It’s life or death, ev­ery minute is brain tis­sue de­cay­ing, ev­ery minute they’re gone de­creases the like­li­hood (of sur­viv­ing) by a huge amount, some­thing like 70 per cent,” she said.

“(A new sta­tion) won’t only give the com­mu­nity re­as­sur­ance but it will also de­crease the mor­tal­ity rate and hope­fully take the strain off the paramedic sta­tions up the coast. It’s go­ing to in­crease the re­sponse times and avail­abil­ity.”

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest joined Ms Tate on Tues­day to turn the first sod at the new am­bu­lance site.

The new site at 1128 Pottsville Rd, be­tween the first en­trance to the Seabreeze Es­tate and Corona­tion Drive, was specif­i­cally cho­sen for ease of ac­cess to both Tweed Coast Rd and the mo­tor­way. Mr Provest said the site would ac­com­mo­date four new paramedics and two ve­hi­cles.

“What Health In­fra­struc­ture was say­ing to me ear­lier is that it’s one thing to build health fa­cil­i­ties, whether they’re

(A new sta­tion) won’t only give the com­mu­nity re­as­sur­ance but it will also de­crease the mor­tal­ity rate ...

— Re­becca Tate

am­bu­lance (sta­tions) or hos­pi­tals, but it’s an­other thing to sit back and think about the peo­ple’s lives that they af­fect,” he said.

“I think the peo­ple of the Tweed de­serve first-class med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.”

Pottsville Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Penny Hock­ings said the com­mu­nity was ex­cited to have bet­ter ac­cess to health care ser­vices.

“This is a fan­tas­tic thing for the Pottsville com­mu­nity and I think it is go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to the health­care for what is the fur­ther away area of the Tweed here in Pottsville,” she said. Hutchin­son Builders will start con­struc­tion of the new sta­tion in the com­ing months.

PHOTO: AIS­LING BREN­NAN

LET’S BUILD: The first sod was turned at the new am­bu­lance sta­tion site in Pottsville.

PHOTO: HEALTH INFRUSTRUCTURE

PLAN: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new am­bu­lance sta­tion in Pottsville.

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