Tuesday 21 November 2017

Prince Harry opens ambulance station on his first visit to Northern Ireland

Britain's Prince Harry greets people during a visit to St. Anne's Square in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Britain's Prince Harry greets people during a visit to St. Anne's Square in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Prince Harry

Prince Harry is in Ballymena as part of a visit to Northern Ireland.

The Prince is opening the new £5.6million (€6.1m) Northern Ireland Ambulance Service station for what is his first visit to Northern Ireland.

The facility, which also doubles as the northern division headquarters, is the first major project the trust has delivered in over five years. It is strategically placed for access to the road network.

Also it has been designed to blend into the local community and has been designed not just with function in mind, but to provide a calming environment for staff and visitors.

It replaces the old ambulance station and will hold 43 staff, five emergency vehicles and three non-emergency patient care vehicles.

For the April 2016 to March 2017 year, around 15,000 emergency calls were made in the northern area with some 4,000 deemed the most serious status.

Prince Harry will have a tour of the building and be given a demonstration if the station's resources including the Hazardous Area Response Team's capabilities.

He will unveil a plaque to officially open the station.

Belfast Telegraph

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