Galashiels ambulance station earmarked for closure
Published 25 Sep 2012 09:30 0 Comments
PLANS have been lodged for a new ambulance station to serve the central Borders.
The Scottish Ambulance Service want to build the new facility on land beside Borders General Hospital near Melrose.
They say it will replace the current ambulance depot in Galashiels and mprovide a fit-for-purpose working environment for staff.
NHS Borders plan to transform the current depot into a £1.77 million health centre to accommodate a new expanded Roxburgh Street medical practice.
The application for an ambulance station, wash bay, canopy, workshop and parking for 31 vehicles is due to be considered by planners at Scottish Borders Council this autumn.
Calum Campbell, Chief Executive of NHS Borders said: "This is a major boost for local health services. The plans re-affirm our commitment to delivering first-class health care, as close to home as possible, in modern facilities. While more detail will be confirmed in the coming few months, these plans mark an important step forward in improving health care for the community."
Work to redevelop the GP Surgery in Roxburgh Street, Galashiels health centre on the SAS Galashiels site is planned for 2013/14. However, NHS Borders cannot start this work until the Scottish Ambulance Service have built their new station at the BGH.
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