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£10m boost to support upgrading of Welsh Ambulance Services vehicle fleet

A £10m Government funding boost for replacement ambulances is set to place WAST as the UK’s leading Ambulance Trust for its modern, environmentally friendly and efficient vehicle fleet.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced the £10.23m to replace 100 ambulances and other passenger transport vehicles, when he visited WAST’s Bridgend Ambulance Station this week to take a look at the first of the new vehicles currently being trialled by WAST across Wales.

The new ambulances will be more manoeuvrable and meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

The new fleet, replacing vehicles that have reached the end of their operational viability, will be deployed across Wales and includes 25 new ambulances, 33 rapid response vehicles, 33 non-emergency passenger transport vehicles and nine specialist emergency vehicles for major incidents.

WAST currently has over 700 vehicles in our fleet, covering an area of more than 8,000 square miles across Wales. Since 2011, the Welsh Government has invested almost £55m in new ambulance vehicles for the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Director of Operations, Richard Lee, said:

“Modern ambulances and equipment are essential in providing the best treatment and patient experience possible. They are also important to our ambulance staff who spend the majority of their working day out and about in the community.

“The funding we have received from Welsh Government, particularly in recent years, has enabled us to ensure that our ambulances in Wales are some of the most modern and well equipped in the UK, and we are extremely grateful for the continued support.

“This new funding will allow us to continue with the replacement of our ageing vehicles and, crucially, the vital clinical equipment they carry, as they each reach the end of their operational viability”.

During his visit to Bridgend, Mr Gething had an opportunity to see for himself the innovative technology leading the way in making Welsh ambulances fit for the future, helping WAST to be recognised as among the most modern and forward-thinking in the UK.

Announcing the £10.23m funding boost, Mr Gething said: “I am pleased to be able to announce this funding of to replace some of our ageing ambulances and other passenger transport vehicles with more modern, fuel efficient and greener versions.

“This investment will enable the Welsh Ambulance Service to upgrade its fleet to ensure it has the most appropriate vehicles to deliver the best care for the people of Wales."

Photo L-R: Joanne Rees-Thomas, General Manager of NEPTS, Central and West Region; Craig Figgures, Operational Team Leader, Central and West Region, Bryncethin; Nigel Bannister, Regional Fleet Manager; Vaughan Gething, Health Minister; Huw Jackson, Clinical Team Leader, Bryncethin and Paul Hibbard, Locality Manager, Neath and Port Talbot.

1 Aug 2018 15:25

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