New station opens at Nelson Bay
13 Jul 2011
On Tuesday 12 July, The Minister for Health Jillian Skinner officially opened the Nelson Bay Ambulance Station.
Nelson Bay paramedics, both past and present, have proudly served the community and visitors of Nelson Bay and surrounding suburbs for over 40 years. The original station operated during daytime hours however these hours have been extended to provide 24 hour coverage.
The new station caters for 15 paramedics and accommodates a fleet of four modern ambulances including a 4WD vehicle. Nelson Bay Ambulance station was also included in the award winning trial of Pre Hospital Thrombolysis and its staff members have been paramount in demonstrating paramedic ability to deliver this life saving medication.
The new station has set the sustainability benchmark for Ambulance with design and planning focussed on minimising heat loads and energy costs, rainwater harvesting for toilets and external washing of vehicles and external taps for the garden, energy management initiatives, solar hot water and solar power generation.
The new station cost $2.122M and boasts:
- modern staff muster room
- training/meeting room
- staff kitchen & lounge
- Inspector's Office
- Station Manager's Office
- male and female locker restroom facilities and
- secure undercover parking and an ambulance washing bay.
Ambulance is a vital link within the health system chain more often than not ambulance paramedics are the first contact that community members have in their time of need. The provision of pre hospital care is quite often lifesaving and ensures the patients seamless progression into the hospital system and their ultimate rehabilitation and recovery.
Photograph: (Above) Jillian Skinner and Station Manager Danielle Anderson (L) officially open the station.
(Below) The new modern complex located in Salamander Way.