The UK’s first electric ambulance is set to be launched at Northwood’s Mount Vernon Hospital.
The Hillingdon Hospitals Trust announced on August 25 that the scheme will soon be launched to transport patients from Mount Vernon to Hillingdon Hospital.
It is part of the trusts ambition to lead the way in improving hospital sustainability and comes after joining forces with a new patient transport partner called HATS.
The Renault ambulance has a battery capable of about a 95-mile range between charges under normal conditions and use, and the ambulance itself emits zero CO2 and is totally silent.
Richard Hancock, HATS acting chief executive, thanked Trust CEO Patricia Wright for the Trust’s collaboration in the innovative scheme, and Hyder Mohammad, head of sustainability, for helping to make the introduction of the ambulance a reality.
He said: “We are very proud to partner with such a progressive, forward thinking and socially responsible Trust as Hillingdon.”
The ambulance bears a dedication to the late Capt Sir Tom Moore who raised so much money for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, winning the hearts of the nation meanwhile.