Additional staff and resources for the ambulance service in West Lothian

The demand and capacity program aims to ensure that SAS operates as efficiently as possible and has the resources to meet both current demand and projected future demand.

As part of the review, across Scotland, 540 additional frontline A&E staff have been recruited this financial year – the highest number of staff to ever join the Service in a single year .

The scheme has so far been backed by a £20m investment from the Scottish Government.

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The Scottish Ambulance Service employs over 5,000 highly skilled people.

Bo’ness will receive an additional resource and the station will also gain five additional employees this year. Bathgate will increase its resources from one vehicle to two vehicles 24/7. In total, in the Eastern Region, there is an overall increase of 1,940 double-crew ambulance hours.

Clair Wright, head of regional services for West Lothian, said: “This is good news for West Lothian and surroundings. We are committed to increasing our ambulance supply in and the last 12 months have been the busiest in terms of recruitment for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“With the increasing demand for our services, it is essential that we introduce resources and additional staff. This will allow us to continue to provide the best patient care by enhancing the capacity and increasing our resilience in communities across Scotland.

This increase in staff and resources, coupled with the alignment of shift patterns with patient demand profiles, is intended to improve patient safety and staff well-being.

This year, additional ambulances were put into service in Edinburgh and Lothian, Greater Glasgow, Tayside, Grampian and Clyde.

SAS has also established seven new satellite stations, six of which are co-located with the fire and rescue service Scot.

New personnel nationwide include 414 technicians, 25 paramedics, 58 newly qualified paramedics, 23 advanced practitioners and 20 ambulance care assistants. 192 agents were recruited in the East, 111 in the North and 237 in the West.