St John Ambulance WA to open ambulance hub in Wangara


St John Ambulance metro operation general manager James Sherriff.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        d451728
St John Ambulance metro operation general manager James Sherriff. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d451728

The $8.1 million St John Ambulance facility will provide more efficient services to the northern suburbs and free up space in existing ambulance depots.

It will house a back-up state operations centre, a secondary IT data centre and set-up area for event health services, and have the ability to deploy up to 15 ambulances and 15 patient transfer vehicles.

Metro ambulance general manager James Sherriff said it would have a significant impact on pre-hospital care in the area.

“This facility will enable us to have increased flexibility in the utilisation of resources,” he said. “The northern suburbs of Perth are currently experiencing huge population growth and we have noted a significant increase in ambulance work, which equates to a 17 per cent increase in case volume in the north-west corridor between 2013 and 2015.

“This project allows us to deploy more readily into these suburbs during peak times and meet the demands of this growing community.”

Mr Sherriff said it was the “right place, right time” for the centre.

“It gives us excellent access to get to (people) when they need us.”

The hub is due to open mid-May.