Ambos face longer drive for Glen Waverley

GLEN Waverley and Wheelers Hill residents face a longer wait for ambulances with the closure of the suburb's only station, says the ambulance union.

Ambulance Association of Victoria's Steve McGhie says the relocation of the Wheelers Hill station to Mountain Highway in Wantirna will add to emergency response times.

"In general the ambulance service response times are very poor and all it means is that if someone's having a serious incident in the Glen Waverley area, it's going to take longer to get to them," Mr McGhie said.

The branch, located in the Victoria Police academy precinct, was closed last Friday when the lease expired on the building.

Labor health spokesman Wade Noonan said lives would be placed at risk by the move.

"Residents will have to rely on ambulances to travel further to reach life-threatening emergencies in the Wheelers Hill and Glen Waverley areas," Mr Noonan said.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister David Davis said that response times would not be affected. "The ambulance staff and crews are now operating out of Knox (ambulance station) but the most important point is that there's been no impact on service delivery," she said.

"We've been told by Ambulance Victoria that service delivery won't be impacted."

Mr McGhie said it was imperative that another ambulance station be re-established in or around the Waverley area.

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