LOGAN Village nurse Theresa Bott has started a push for an ambulance station at Yarrabilba after a close call with a medical mishap with her six-month-old baby.
Ms Bott said she thought her child Thomas was choking and then panicked when she realised how long it would take an ambulance to reach Logan Village from the nearest station at Jimboomba.
As it turned out her son did not need urgent medical attention but Ms Bott said the service provided by paramedics could mean the difference between life and death for someone else’s baby.
Logan MP Linus Power backed Ms Bott’s call.
Mr Power said he had been talking to Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick about the pressure on services in the area.
“It is also about doing the right thing for the Jimboomba area,” he said.
“The increased need for services at Yarrabilba puts pressure on the ambulance station at Jimboomba.”
Mr Dick said he was discussing the growing community’s demands with the Queensland Ambulance Service.
“Mr Power has expressed his concerns to me about the need for an ambulance station and I have taken them very seriously,” he said.
Ms Bott said an ambulance service would cater for young families and the aging population.
“There are older people who are moving off acreage into Yarrabilba or Logan Village who also need access to these services,” she said.
“There are so many time-critical conditions – cardiac arrest, strokes – where people need to be treated within an appropriate time.
“In those cases, an ambulance is the key to making a difference.
“...Even though I am a nurse, paramedics are so valuable for the safety of the community,” she said.
Mr Power said he also had also been lobbying for an increased police presence at Yarrabilba.