Obesity ambulance takes to the road

Britain’s first specially adapted ambulance for carrying obese patients hit the road yesterday – capable of transporting people weighing up to 70 stone.

South Central Ambulance Service built the vehicle specifically to tackle the demands of a sharp rise in call-outs to overweight patients.
Its cavernous interior is more akin to a hospital ward than the back of an ambulance, with room enough for four beds and is fitted with all the latest life-saving equipment.
While a standard ambulance can only carry a person weighing up to 20 stone, the adapted Iveco truck can carry patients as heavy as 55 stone including their trolley.
If the patient is on a bariatric bed, the vehicle can take a single person weighing up to 70 stone as well as the ambulance’s two dedicated members of support staff.
Its most significant modification is a heavy-duty tail lift which can be lowered to the ground allowing even the heaviest patients to be raised into the ambulance at the push of a button.
– News Story


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    Ammara said,

    holy crap
    we are one fatass nation

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