Cartwright Conversions is to unveil a ground-breaking flexible new Patient Transport Service Vehicle when it exhibits at the Emergency Services Show on Stand E29 on September 20 and 21.
The ambulance incorporates RolliBox technology that enables every seat to be quickly transformed into a wheelchair position simply, swiftly and securely.
In less than three minutes and a few simple movements, a driver can change a seat to a wheelchair position that is complete with headrest and three-point seat belt.
The new flexible PTS vehicle will be on display at the Cartwright Conversions stand in Hall 5 during the show at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham.
Alongside it will be Cartwright Conversions’ latest design in its range of A&E ambulances, a conversion based on the popular 4.25 tonne Fiat Ducato chassis.
A robust vehicle that is designed to withstand the rigours of a modern ambulance service, it comes with lowering air suspension, a SG Tech Wedge ramp and a heavy duty winch.
A CCTV camera system with monitor provides for the crew’s security and a two-way communication system is fitted as standard, along with an integrated area for storing oxygen.
Steve Shaw, Commercial & Operations Director at Cartwright Conversions said: “RolliBox technology has opened up a whole new avenue for us of vehicles that are equally accessible to everyone – whether using a wheelchair or not.
“The new Patient Transport System vehicle that we will be exhibiting at ESS will be configured to seat three passengers, the driver, two wheelchair users and still have space for a stretcher.
“We are very excited about the possibilities of our new Patient Transport Service vehicle and our new emergency ambulance, both of which I am sure will prove very popular.”
Built on a 3.5 tonne Renault Master Lm35 Dci 130, with a 2.3 litre diesel engine, the new Cartwright Conversions PTS vehicle has a lightweight and easy-to-clean lining, side-step and fold-out grab handles, cant rail lockers on both sides and a lift. There is also space for storing oxygen and a carry chair.
The RolliBox technology is provided by German company Schnierle and Cartwright Conversions has exclusive use of it in the UK for ambulances.
To convert seats to wheelchair positions, all the driver has to do is fold the seat and headrest against the vehicle sides, then pull a handle to uncover the supporting arms stored behind a floor-level side panel.
There is no floor-level obstruction for the wheelchair to manoeuvre and, once in position, a rear restraint bar is pulled out at floor level then adjusted and locked securely to the floor. Three self-locking restraining belts are attached, one to the front and two to the rear, of the wheelchair frame.
A three-point seat-belt fixed to the restraint bar is then ready for the wheelchair passenger to use. All that remains is to fold the headrest back from the side of the vehicle.
The whole manoeuvre, including getting the wheelchair passenger into the vehicle, can be completed in three minutes. Watch the film from Schnierle to see how the RolliBox works.