THE North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust has launched a new eco-friendly car service for its non-emergency patients.
Seven new staff members, known as patient transport service car drivers, have been recruited to transport patients in the new fleet of Toyota Prius Hybrid cars.
The innovative cars allow for ‘eco-driving’ in a more careful and environmentally responsible way, reducing fuel costs and environmental impact.
The new staff are responsible for conveying non-emergency patients to and from their hospital appointments.
This is the first time the planned care service has used cars to convey patients.
As part of their week-long training course the new recruits covered how to deal with an emergency, understanding patients and recognising illness, long-term care, safe handling of patients and communication.
Steve Watt, head of service for planned care, said: “We are really pleased to welcome these new members of staff and a new way of working for the North West Ambulance Service.
“This is just one of many developments planned for the non emergency patient transport service to ensure our patients receive the service they deserve.”