New ambulance for Peterhead to reduce “ridiculous” waiting times

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Peterhead residents will avail of a new emergency ambulance cover after concerns had been raised about waiting times in the Toon.

The Scottish Government has announced the increased cover for the Peterhead area which will see an additional full-time ambulance 24/7 based at Peterhead.

Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan, said: “It is great to hear that the Scottish Ambulance Service has allocated an additional Ambulance to Peterhead.

“I want to pay tribute to the local crews and members of the public who drew attention to the challenges facing the service, and who worked with us to make the case for additional resources.“

Stephen Bruce, one of the community voices behind the push for better emergency services in Peterhead, welcomed the news.

He said: “It’s great.

“I have been trying to get the service updated and I’m glad we ‘re getting it because the response time was ridiculous.”

A new crew will be trained to get the emergency vehicle on the road as soon as possible.

Stewart Stevenson, Banffshire &Buchan Coast MSP, said: “Eilidh and I have been working closely with the Scottish Ambulance Service in recent months, following concerns from constituents that the service was being too thinly spread in the north-east, and response times were below target.”

He added: “I fully expect the increase in capacity, which has been funded by the Scottish Government, will improve the ability of the service to respond to calls in the town and surrounding area.”