Ambulance Buggy to Improve Patient Transport

July 9, 2018

A new patient transport buggy has been introduced to West Suffolk Hospital to enable a more efficient and comfortable journey for ill patients. The hospital, based in Bury St Edmunds, received the medical vehicle from The Help Appeal.  The charity is involved in helping to provide funding for projects that contributes to saving lives and improving a patient’s chances of a full recovery.

Ambo Buggy

The vehicle, dubbed ‘Ambo Buggy’, will cater to patients flown into West Suffolk Hospital by air ambulance to the hospital’s emergency department.  The medical vehicle which is specially adapted, provides seating for both the critical team and driver and includes a stretcher allowing care for the patient.

The head of emergency preparedness, resilience and response for West Suffolk Foundation Trust, Barry Moss commented:  “While our helipad is located quite closely to our emergency department, for these often critically injured or unwell patients, reducing stress and improving comfort is really important.”

Barry added:  “Previously patients would have been been brought to the emergency department on a stretcher from the landed helicopter, which is time consuming, bumpy, and difficult to manoeuvre.  Using this new medical vehicle, we’ll be able to get patients into hospital care more quickly and more comfortably.”

“The patient’s comfort and reducing the amount of time it takes to get to the emergency department are crucial and now this can be achieved at West Suffolk hospital with its new, state-of-the-art, medical vehicle.”

Charity Donation to Help Critical Patients

Robert Betram, chief executive of the Help Appeal, was welcomed by West Suffolk Hospital upon delivery of the ‘Ambo Buggy’. Mr Bertam said:  “The Help Appeal is a charity that helps critically ill patients receive the best pre-hospital care to allow the greatest chance of survival and recovery.  The patient’s comfort and reducing the amount of time it takes to get to the emergency department are crucial and now this can be achieved at West Suffolk hospital with its new, state-of-the-art, medical vehicle. Patients will now be transferred from the helipad to the expert care they urgently need, quickly and smoothly. We are delighted that the Help Appeal could cover the entire cost.”