$11.7 million funding boost for NSW Intensive Care Ambulances

Regional towns across NSW will now have better access to emergency health services with a new fleet of state-of-the-art intensive care ambulances. This comes after a $11.7 million funding boost by the NSW Government.

69 new state-of-the-art intensive care ambulances.

Way back in 2019, NSW Ambulance rolled out 35 intensive care ambulances, with a further 69 in 2021, totalling 94 additional intensive care vehicles so far.  This will make this NSW fleet of ambulances the largest of its type in Australia. These NSW Ambulances will be equipped with the most advanced paramedical equipment available, according to John Barilaro, Deputy NSW Premier.

Every second counts in an emergency!

“Every second counts in the race to save a life and these highly specialised vehicles give paramedics the best chance when transporting a patient on extended trips to a major regional hospital,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government is building a safer and stronger regional NSW, with 50 of the 69 ambulances being based in rural and regional areas, supporting those who live hundreds of kilometres from the nearest trauma centre.”

The new vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including upgraded monitor defibrillators, video laryngoscopes and mechanical CPR devices.

NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dominic Morgan said the equipment will make a big difference for critically ill patients, such as patients who are suffering trauma, cardiac arrest, stroke or breathing difficulties.

“The equipment also provides our paramedics with greater protection when treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients,” Dr Morgan said.

The funding boost for NSW intensive care ambulance fleet is just one part of the government’s commitment to pre-hospital emergency care.

In 2020-21 the NSW Government is investing more than $1 billion in NSW Ambulance, including $27 million for 180 new staff.

This information comes from the NSW government website. You can view the full article here.

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