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New ambulance station planned for Edgeworth

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Edgeworth residents are set to benefit from a major boost to frontline emergency care with a new ambulance station on the way.

It’s the latest in a line of similar facilities slated for the region, alongside Gateshead, Swansea and Branxton.

Edgeworth’s premises will boast internal parking for emergency ambulance vehicles, a vehicle wash area, multi-purpose spaces to support staff education, logistics and storage rooms, an office for administration as well as staff amenities.

The announcement is in addition to the NSW Government’s significant investment in local health infrastructure in the Hunter.

At least $835 million has been allocated to the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct, while the Cessnock Hospital redevelopment will receive $111.48 million and stage three works of the Muswellbrook District Hospital a further $45 million.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin. Photo: Rod Thompson

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said it formed part of a record $1.76 billion venture, which would transform NSW Ambulance services over the next four years with 1,858 more paramedics and 30 new ambulance stations for NSW.

“Ambulance services are experiencing sustained high demand,” he explained.

“This new station at Edgeworth will provide our hardworking paramedics with first-class facilities as they assist people in their time of need.”

Mr Martin added the site would be determined once further planning was completed with key stakeholders.

“We will shortly start a process to identify potential locations for the new ambulance station,” he said.

“This process will ensure we best meet the requirements of the local community and our emergency staff.”

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the NSW Government was investing in ambulance stations right across the state to ensure communities continued to receive emergency care when they needed it, no matter where they lived.

“The new Edgeworth ambulance station, along with those earmarked for Gateshead, Swansea and Branxton, is yet another way we are meeting the growing emergency care needs of NSW now and into the future.”

NSW Ambulance identifies suitable locations to improve ambulance response times for patients using best practice modelling software that maps Triple Zero call demands.

The organisation also received a record $1.76 billion boost in the 2022-23 Budget, towards 30 more stations and 1858 additional paramedics.

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