A multi-million pound new ambulance station is coming to Cardiff.
Welsh Government is investing £8m in a facility in the capital’s Pontprennau area, which will be the new home for emergency and non-emergency crews currently based in Blackweir.
Emergency crews will collect their vehicles from the new station at the start of their shift and some will take up positions at deployment points across the city. Dedicated fleet assistants will clean and re-stock vehicles in the station’s ‘Make Ready Depot’, enabling frontline crews are more readily available to respond to emergencies.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said, “This investment in the Welsh Ambulance Service shows our commitment to driving improvements in response times. The new station will give space for vehicles to be cleaned and restocked by a dedicated team, a job previously undertaken by ambulance crews, to enable frontline staff to be more readily available to respond to patients in the community.”
A business case for the new premises was put together in full consultation with staff and Trade Union partners. Renovations of the Merton House building on Avenue Industrial Park in Pontprennau will begin in May and take around a year to complete.
Chris Turley, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Interim Executive Director of Finance and ICT, said, “We welcome and thank the Minister for his investment in our new station. This is the culmination of a number of years’ of planning and is a major step towards us finally vacating Blackweir station, which crews will agree is outdated and not fit for purpose.
“We’re especially excited about the Make Ready Depot, which will enable our crews to access clean and fully stocked vehicles at all times, and thus spend more time in the community with patients – not to mention improving infection control.”
Blackweir station’s fleet workshop will remain for the time being while a separate business case is developed with Welsh Government for consideration.