£0.5 Million Boost for Island Ambulances

 Tuesday 18 March 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £500,000 in ten new specially adapted 4x4 ambulances for the Northern Isles.

The new vehicles will be delivered to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the coming months as part of a programme to provide modern, versatile vehicles to support the specific needs of patients in the islands.

Eight of the new vehicles will be deployed in Orkney in Kirkwall, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Eday, Sanday, and Graemsay, with one vehicle kept as a spare backup. In Shetland, two vehicles will be deployed Skerries and Fetlar with a spare in Lerwick.

On the outer isles, the specially adapted vehicles will be available to local nurses and doctors to transfer patients as well as providing a sheltered examination and treatment environment.

Andy Fuller, Divisional Head of Services for Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“The investment in additional new island vehicles is part of a programme to deliver modern, fit for purpose services and create practical solutions tailored to the local needs of communities.”

The initiative brings the total number of ambulance vehicles deployed on Orkney and Shetland Isles to 18. Local ‘open day’ events will be held as vehicles are delivered so that communities can see them and meet staff to talk about services.