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Ambulance Service Receives New Patient Transport Vehicles
Posted: Saturday 31st August 2019 at 12:38
Categories: Tameside News

The North West Ambulance Service have taken delivery of the first batch of 8 vehicles out of an order for 30 brand-new Patient Transport Service vehicles which have been specially adapted to accommodate wheelchairs.

The remaining 22 vehicles will arrive over the next few months, replacing the older batch of 30 2011-registered non-emergency ambulances as part of the trust’s vehicle replacement programme.

The new Fiat Doblos – based across the whole region – have been adapted to accommodate a standard wheelchair and four passengers, or a specialised wheelchair and two passengers. Features of the Fiat’s include a USB port for the front-seat passenger, a reversing camera, first aid kit and emergency egress equipment. The spacious new vehicles also boast sliding passenger doors, rear lifting back doors and fold down ramps.

Head of PTS Ian Stringer said: “We are thrilled with the new style of vehicle being introduced, as they can easily accommodate wheelchairs of all types. By moving to a different model, we have also realised a cost saving, not only on the procurement of the vehicles themselves, but also these vehicles will reduce our need to use third party providers.”