West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is rolling out 66 of the most advanced ambulances ever seen.
The vehicles, which use technology normally associated with the aerospace industry, come with the key message emblazoned on the rear that there is an alternative to 999.
WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “These new ambulances are some of the most sophisticated emergency vehicles in the world.
Tony Page, WMAS Fleet General Manager, added: “By using construction methods used in aircraft manufacture we are providing our patients and staff with a quieter and warmer working area.
- Reduced fuel and maintenance costs
- Easier to clean and restock
- Include CCTV systems
- Technology piloted in the aerospace industry
- Improved air suspension and seating
- Fitted with the latest technology to help patients
It is part of a joint initiative with NHS England to highlight that patients don’t always need to dial 999 to get urgent care.
Dr Helen Thomas, National Medical Advisor for Integrated Urgent Care at NHS England, said: “It’s really good to see the NHS 111 non-emergency number sitting alongside 999 on these ambulances.
“This gives a clear message that 999 is for life-threatening emergencies – but if you’re in need of urgent help and it’s not an emergency there is another number to call – NHS 111.
“The service is now helping around 14 million callers a year to get the right care in the right place, first time – reducing pressure on A&E and 999 services.”
WMAS Communications Director, Murray MacGregor, added: “It is great that we have been able to work with NHS England to get such important messages out to the public by using the side of the ambulances.
“I am equally pleased that we are able to highlight our social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and You Tube. This will allow us to communicate even better with the public of the West Midlands.”
Images by West Midlands Ambulance Service.