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Vehicle weight Issue

31 March 2017

Ambulance LogoAs part of our improved fleet maintenance and testing processes, the Trust has this week identified that a small number (18 out of a total of 300) of our ambulance fleet are potentially close to the limit for the gross vehicle weight, when fully kitted up and with a crew and a patient on board.

Therefore, as a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we are reviewing the standard load list for these vehicles and taking immediate action to reduce the total weight. This will ensure that we can continue to use these vehicles safely until they are replaced, as part of the next phase of our ambulance replacement programme.

It is important to state that there have been no reported accidents or incidents related to this issue and the actions being taken will have no clinical impact on our patients.

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