A major overhaul of the Rockhampton Ambulance Station is now complete and frontline ambulance staff are set to reap the benefits.
The facility’s been gutted and refurbished with new state-of the-art equipment.
The 7.7 million dollar refurbishment to the Ambulance Station and Operations Centre has provided more than 100 Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) workers with a refreshed base to call home.
The extensive upgrades completed over the past year and a half provide additional and improved training rooms, rest and study spaces, amenities and storage areas.
The Station is operational now, and Operations Centre staff will move into their new space in late April 2023.
The major infrastructure upgrade was undertaken to address growing community demand and to refurbish the original facility, built in 1983.
The Rockhampton Ambulance Station services an area including South Rockhampton and approximately half of North Rockhampton and backs up services to Emu Park, Keppel Sands and Gracemere.
The Rockhampton Operations Centre receives Triple Zero (000) calls and coordinates ambulances for a large swathe of the state, including the Central Queensland, Central West, and Mackay Districts.
Health Minister Yvette Dath says it’s vital that paramedics and operational staff housed at the station have the best tech.
“Our Queensland Ambulance Service staff play a critical role for local communities,” she says.
“We are supporting our frontline staff, and the Rockhampton community, by delivering this $7.7 million upgrade to both the Rockhampton Ambulance Station and the Operations Centre where Triple 0 calls are coordinated from.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to meeting the needs of our frontline staff to ensure their focus is on providing the best level of care to our communities.”
Assistant Commissioner Robbie Medlin says the refurbishments provide staff with modern, functional amenities.
“The designs allow for emerging technology services into the future, training facilities and offices for clinical education staff, as well as a reconfiguration of spaces within the existing ambulance station to improve functionality,” he says.
“I highly commend all of our Rockhampton personnel for maintaining their high level of professionalism while responding to the Rockhampton community from alternate accommodation as these works were completed.”