We are delighted to confirm that we have recently taken delivery of the first eight of 30 brand new Patient Transport Service vehicles which have been specially adapted to accommodate wheelchairs. The remaining 22 vehicles will be delivered over the next few months. These vehicles are replacing 30, 2011 registered non-emergency ambulances as part of the trust’s vehicle replacement programme and they will be based across the whole NW region.
The new vehicles are Fiat Doblos which, following adaption can accommodate a standard wheelchair and four passengers or a specialised wheelchair and two passengers.
Some of the features include a handy USB port for the front seat passenger, a reversing camera, which is useful if the view of the rear windscreen is obstructed, emergency egress equipment and first aid equipment.
The spacious vehicles have sliding side passenger doors, rear lifting back doors and fold down ramps, all for easy access.
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.”