An ambulance station in Tumut, Australia, has officially opened with the aim to help paramedics carry out their work more efficiently.

Situated on the Tumut Hospital site, the station is part of the New South Wales (NSW) government’s Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration (RAIR) programme, which aims to enhance ambulance facilities across the state.

According to NSW health minister Ryan Park, the purpose-built station offers a well-equipped base for paramedics.

Park said: “Our paramedics deserve a comfortable, high-quality base to help them carry out their incredibly important work.

“The location of the station within the site of the A$50m Tumut Hospital Redevelopment provides a centralised health hub, allowing faster access to the hospital as well as enhanced communication and coordination between health providers.”

The station includes facilities such as parking for emergency vehicles, administration areas, staff amenities, storage spaces and a gym.

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It is equipped with a solar energy system for battery storage and emergency power.

The RAIR programme covers a total of 54 new or upgraded ambulance stations across NSW.

Local representatives and community members have welcomed the opening of the ambulance station.

NSW Legislative Assembly Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr said: “Paramedics save lives and we need to look after them so that they can look after us in our time of need.

“I am delighted to see the opening of the new Tumut Ambulance Station after years of advocacy from myself and the community.”

Last week, the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, NSW, officially opened its new Acute Services Building.

The A$865.3m facility includes a community assessment unit and a community management centre, which aim to reduce pressure on the emergency department and provide virtual care services.

It covers 13 storeys and features new treatment spaces, an expanded emergency department and an intensive care unit.