State-of-the-art ambulances to serve Skegness patients

East Midlands Ambulance Service's operational support manager Steve Pratten beside one of the new vehicles.
East Midlands Ambulance Service's operational support manager Steve Pratten beside one of the new vehicles.

A FLEET of new ambulances have been deployed in Skegness with state-of-the-art equipment to help paramedics treat patients quicker and more effectively.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has provided Lincolnshire with 37 of the impressive new vehicles, seven of which will be based in the county’s east division serving Skegness, Alford, Mablethorpe and Louth,

A team of 20 paramedics helped to design the fleet, ensuring it is fitted with best equipment and laid out in the optimal fashion to treat patients comfortably and effectively.

Operational support manager Steve Pratten said: “There’s more room for treating patients, the equipment storage is a lot better, they’ve been laid out in a more efficient manner and they come with higher specification medical equipment.

“The treatment stretchers are a lot better padded, which is important, not only from a comfort point of view, but medically as well, as they reduce pressure sores. The drivers really like them, in the morning when they start their shift, they are able to choose which vehicle they go out in, and the new ones are always the first to go.”

Potentially life-saving equipment, previously located on specialist ambulances is now included across the board on every new model.

More advanced defibrillators have been included with monitoring equipment which scans the heart through 12 different angles to provide medical staff with the most comprehensive information available to inform their treatment.

“They are the most advanced gear on the market,” Mr Pratten proudly announced.

Other improvements include air-conditioning for maximum patient comfort, electronic stretchers for improved safety and highly advanced satellite navigation technology for rapid response times.

“By the time a driver gets to the job they know what call-out he’s attending, where it is and how to get there,” explained Mr Pratten.