Ambulances for obese patients

OBESE patients in Boston are set to benefit from six new ambulance vehicles as part of an £8 million investment by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

The service will be receiving 80 new vehicles, each costing £100,000, this year.

The ambulances will have bariatric capability which will mean they can transport patients up to the weight of 50 stone (700lbs).

Six of these will be covering the South East of Lincolnshire which includes Boston, Spalding and Holbeach.

Fleet services general manager for EMAS said: “Research shows that the population is getting bigger and we, together with every other ambulance service in the country, are making sure we have the vehicles needed to provide quality care to the people we serve.”

EMAS already utilises around 850 vehicles including ambulances, patient transport vehicles and fast response cars.

It is hoped the new vehicles will start being used at the end of February.