Nagambie’s long wait for an ambulance is over
08 August 2016
Monday 8 August 2016
Nagambie is finally set to get an ambulance, after the community's long campaign to reduce ambulance response times.
The town's CERT vehicle will be upgraded to an ambulance staffed by ambulance community officers with a paramedic to be based in town during the busy summer months.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan paid tribute to the efforts of the Nagambie community.
"We wouldn't have achieved this without the community's relentless campaign. The town's CERT volunteers and the Nagambie Ambulance Service Community Alliance have done a remarkable job.
"Although the commitment falls short of the Coalition's plan to fund two full time paramedics supported by an ambulance community officer, this is a big step forward from where we were 12 months ago.
"Importantly it will take the pressure off the CERT volunteers by enabling them to either step back or become paid ACOs."
Ms Ryan said the community would now be watching closely to make sure the model delivered a reduction in ambulance response times and better patient outcomes.
"Ambulance Victoria have assured me that under this model ACOs will be able to transport patients," Ms Ryan said.
"With no publicly funded hospital beds in Strathbogie, the ability to transport without having to wait for paramedics to arrive will be critical to reduce waiting times and get people to Goulburn Valley Health or to Melbourne in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
"We will watch closely to make sure this model and the government's promise meets the community's needs."