Almost 140 new ambulance staff will be employed in the West of Scotland by the Scottish Ambulance Service as part of its Demand and Capacity Programme.

A mixture of paramedics, newly qualified paramedics (NQPs) and technicians – will be located across the West region and are due to be in place by April 2022.

The Demand and Capacity programme, which is supported by a £20m investment from the Scottish Government, aims to better align resources to meet current and projected patient demand.

David Robertson, West Regional Director, Scottish Ambulance Service said: “This funding is great news for the service and is allowing us to continue to increase our investment in new frontline staff, new ambulances and new vehicles at pace.

“These new resources will ensure we continue to deliver the very best patient care by boosting capacity and increasing our resilience in communities across Scotland. They’ll also complement our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months in extremely demanding circumstances.”