Cardiff paramedics get new state-of-the-art station

The Welsh Ambulance Service has unveiled a new state-of-the-art station in Cardiff.

The £8million Welsh Government-funded facility on the Avenue industrial estate in Pontprennau is the new home for emergency and non-emergency teams previously based at the aging Blackweir station.

The Trust’s Cycle Response Unit is also based at the new facility, which has a staff wellness suite and a ‘preparation depot’ where dedicated fleet assistants clean and restock vehicles , allowing clinicians to spend more time with patients.

Rob Brunnock, Welsh Ambulance Service locality manager for Cardiff, said: “This project has been in the works for many years so we are delighted that it is now complete.

“We have fond memories of our time at Blackweir station, but the building was out of date and no longer fit for purpose.

“This is a 21st century ambulance station that we can be proud of, and it means crews finally get the facilities they deserve, which ultimately means better service for the people of Cardiff.

“The Make Ready Depot in particular is a huge step forward and not only allows teams to spend more time in the community, but also improves infection control, which has been more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Welsh Government has invested £8million in the project, which started in July 2020 with the refurbishment of the old Merton House.

The opening is part of a wider program of work to modernize the Trust’s estate, which last month saw the unveiling of a new station at Aberaeron for crews previously based in a Portakabin.

Richard Davies, Deputy Director of Capital and Estates, said: “One of our main priorities as an organization is to ensure that our employees have access to facilities that are safe, well maintained and suitable for their needs and which enable them to serve communities to the best of their ability.

“We are grateful to the Welsh Government for their investment in this project.”

Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Care, added: “I am delighted that this new ambulance station has opened in Cardiff.

“These state-of-the-art facilities will benefit local communities by increasing the time crews can spend with the sick and injured; provide better infection control of vehicles and equipment and help maintain and develop the skills of ambulance personnel.

“I look forward to seeing the new facilities in action soon.”

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