The long term future of Monifieth’s ambulance station will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting between officials and Angus South MSP.
Graeme Dey MSP will meet Scottish Ambulance Service officials next month in response to an article in the Guide & Gazette indicating relocating the station from Monifieth Health Centre to Balmossie fire station was under consideration.
Mr Dey said: “The dialogue I’ve had with the Scottish Ambulance Service thus far appears to suggest there’s no likelihood of such a move taking place in the short to medium term.
“However, for a number of reasons, re-locating is something they are contemplating, when funding is available and a suitable and appropriate location can be identified.
“I’m to meet the head of service for Tayside early next month to discuss the issues which are driving this and examine the practicalities of any re-location.
“Clearly the major consideration in all of this is response times. I am led to believe that the layout of the Monifieth facility is such that it takes crews 90 seconds from taking a call to get to their vehicles, which in an emergency situation isn’t ideal.”
He continued: “On the other hand the current location affords ready access both to Monifieth and, via the nearby dual carriageway, Carnoustie.
“Although I understand a majority of Monifieth call outs are to Dundee locations I am anxious that any re-locating would not have a detrimental impact on response times to the south eastern part of Angus. And I know this would be a major consideration for the Ambulance Service also.”