£1.8 million for new ambulances

AMBULANCE crews in Buxton, New Mills and Bakewell are set to take delivery of new vehicles which will act as fully-equipped mobile treatment centres.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have spent more than £1.8 million on 14 new ambulances for Derbyshire, which will allow crews to provide emergency and urgent care to those living in the county. Stations in Buxton, New Mills and Bakewell will each receive one of the new ambulances, worth £106,000 each.

More than 40 modifications have been made to the manufacturer’s standard vehicles, including motorized stretchers so paramedics don’t have to lift patients; easy clean interior surfaces to improve infection prevention and control and a loop system for patients with hearing difficulties.

The new vehicles, which are more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than older models, have been designed using feedback from staff and patients. Ten fast response vehicles, worth £32,000 each, have also been bought for Derbyshire. These are used to assist patients who don’t need taking to hospital but might need treatment at home or transport to another healthcare service.

Tim Slater, EMAS’ Assistant Director of Operations for Derbyshire, said: “These vehicles have been designed to meet the needs of patients in Derbyshire, based on insight from local crews.

“Our vehicles are our treatment centres and the changes suggested by our clinicians will help them do their jobs even more effectively.”