New fleet of rescue vehicles

2013-11-25 00:00

EMERGENCY Medical Services (EMS) will really see the wheels of healthcare starting to roll after receiving a revamped fleet of ambulances and buses last week.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Thursday healthcare should be more accessible to rural communities, as he handed over the vehicles in Wentworth, Durban.

He said they would be used to transport patients between hospitals and from primary health clinics to community centres and hospitals.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the service, which was under strain due to limited vehicles, would decrease the workload on the existing emergency ambulances.

“Five of these buses had extensive alterations made and several stretchers can be carried in them. A specialised ramp has also been fitted to the rear of these buses to lift the stretchers.”

Fifteen 4x4 rescue vehicles have been equipped with specialised equipment, including the jaws of life and emergency lighting, that is required to perform medical rescues.

These vehicles are not designed to transport patients, but have medical equipment on board and are staffed by medical personnel that have medical and rescue qualifications, said McKenzie.

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