NHS Anniversary Livery for Southmead Hospital Ambulance
A multi-functional ambulance designed and built by Cartwright Conversions for Bristol’s Southmead Hospital has been given a special livery to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
The converted Fiat Ducato attracted interest from visitors to the Fiat stand (HTC Van Centre) at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers (NAPFM) exhibition in May.
This is the second ambulance to be converted for Southmead Hospital by Cartwright Conversions, which is liveried in a striking wrap showing images of a nurse and patient.
Toby Carter, Sales Manager at Cartwright Conversions said: “I have worked with NHS Fleet Managers for around 20 years and it’s been a privilege to see the changes in vehicle conversions in that time.
“The NHS is full of professionals that expect the best and get the best from its suppliers. Our vehicles are engineered to high standards but we can only achieve this by working closely with the NHS who give us their invaluable operational insight into how the vehicles are used.”
Funded by the Southmead Hospital Charity, the ambulance can be used for patients of varying abilities and includes bariatric capability with a Ferno Megasus bariatric stretcher.
The 500Kg SWL rear loading stretcher tail-lift is a safe and easy loading solution for stretcher and wheelchairs. It also includes a heavy-duty wheelchair with bespoke storage space, side entry step and fold down handrail to allow ‘walk on’ patients to use the vehicle with ease.
Patients benefit from heating and air conditioning in the saloon compartment, which is backed-up with an auxiliary battery management system that powers the vehicle and on-board equipment.
“It is brilliant to see changes in vehicle design and hi-tech equipment to give operational efficiencies and improve the vehicles for both staff and the public. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next 70 years will bring in new and exciting vehicle innovations,” continued Toby.
Cartwright Conversions handed over the first multi-functional ambulance to Southmead Hospital in February. That vehicle, which was donated by the hospital’s League of Friends, is now being used to transfer patients across the 800-bed hospital site.
Both vehicles will help to provide essential ongoing services to the residents of Southmead Hospital and surrounding areas.