Winchelsea’s First Ambulance Branch Taking Shape

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Winchelsea paramedics will soon have a safe and modern home base with work underway on the town’s first ambulance branch.

It will be home to a peak period ambulance unit staffed by seven full time paramedics, who are temporarily based in Colac and will relocate to Winchelsea once the branch is built.

The spacious and purpose-built branch will feature a drive in-and-out garage bay for vehicles, rest and recline areas, training rooms, modern amenities and a fully-fitted out kitchen. There is also extra space for the ambulance service to grow in the future.

Latest state-wide quarterly performance data show paramedics reached 83.9 per cent of Code 1 patients within 15 minutes – an improvement of 2.5 percentage points on the same quarter a year earlier.

In the Surf Coast Shire, response time are much lower, but improving, with 63.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code 1 emergencies, up from 58 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 emergency in the Surf Coast over the same period has improved from 15:57 minutes to 14:39 minutes.

With a contemporary base located in the heart of the town, response times will continue to improve and more lives will be saved as Winchelsea and other rural patients in the vicinity, get the emergency care they need, sooner.