Glen Elmes hands over new ambulance at Tewantin and meets new paramedics 

An ambulance vehicle worth more than $200,000 was officially handed over to the Tewantin ambulance station today

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 319 would allow the Tewantin ambulance station to more effectively meet the demands of the local community.

“Ambulance personnel and their fleet based at Tewantin travel thousands of kilometres every year to respond rapidly to medical emergencies,” Mr Elmes said.

“Therefore, it is vitally important that the Tewantin ambulance station has a state-of-the-art fleet appropriate to the needs of Tewantin and the surrounding regional area so as to deliver the quality of service that, rightly, has come to be expected.”

Mr Elmes said the new vehicle would make ambulance response and transport safer and more comfortable for both patients and paramedics.

“In the 2014/15 financial year, there will be another 100 additional frontline operational staff engaged across Queensland.

“For the Sunshine Coast, there will be 9 extra staff and 6 new vehicles,” Mr Elmes said.

“It is extremely pleasing to be here today to welcome personally some of the 7 new paramedics appointed in the 2013/14 cohort.

“It takes a unique person to commit themselves to a profession entirely focused on helping others and I thank them for that dedication and care and welcome them to Tewantin.

“This ambulance is fitted with the latest technology for patient care and will support these paramedics in delivering the best possible pre-hospital medical care,” Mr Elmes said.

“However, the good news does not stop there with hospital ramping, which reduces the effectiveness of these investments in vehicles and staff, having been improved upon.

In May 2014, 93.59% of patients were off-stretcher within 30 minutes, a significant improvement over the 87.63% of patients off-stretcher in March 2012.

“Further, a trial, the pre-hospital thrombolysis advanced care paramedic or ACP Trial, is being conducted using clot-busting cardiac drugs to reduce heart muscle damage and the long-term effects of heart attack.

“By treating heart attack earlier, a benefit for the patient and their family as well as the community will be delivered.

“Patients will stay less time in hospital and be back at work sooner lowering the cost of heart attack and improving utilization of hospital beds, a win for the patient, a win for their family and two wins for the community.

“These are significant investments in the community’s safety and demonstrate the Newman Government’s commitment to ensuring that the Queensland Ambulance Service remains one of the top performing emergency service organizations in the country,” Mr Elmes said.