The Isles of Scilly is to get a new high-tech ambulance better suited to its narrow lanes.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) celebrated the arrival of 63 new Fiat ambulances for the Cornwall region at an event in Newquay last week.
The vehicles will feature some of the latest emergency care equipment for paramedic teams.
In July 2018, the Department of Health & Social Care announced an additional £6.7 million for South Western Ambulance Service to purchase 63 new double-crewed ambulances (DCAs). A further £1.3 million funding for equipment was then provided by commissioners.
The new high-tech equipment on the ambulances will include the Stryker Power-LOAD stretcher and the Zoll defibrillator with vital signs, as well as a new navigation system all of which will make paramedic teams work flow easier when treating patients at emergency scenes.
There are currently three SWAST vehicles based on St Marys: A specially adapted DCA, smaller DCA dubbed the ‘Garrison’ vehicle due to its ability to access that area of the island; and a 4X4 enabled Rapid Response Vehicle. As well as the Star of Life 'floating ambulance', each off-island is provided with an adapted mule to for emergency response.