Dual-purpose ambulance plan
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DEVELOPMENT of an ambulance comfort
able enough for stretcher patients and yet quickly adaptable to carry 10 sitting-case patients, is being considered by the Lancashire county health authority.
Dr. S. G. Gawne, the MOH, says in his annual report that the proposal represented two extremes in vehicle suspension characteristics which could not be achieved to the required standard with any of the known suspension designs now available. Consideration was, therefore, given to providing additional riding comfort for stretcher patients by the use of specially designed full-length beds incorporated into combined seat-stretcher units. A prototype vehicle had been prepared for extensive field trials in actual service.
As regards maintenance and repair of vehicles, it is stated that the time-based system, instead of a mileage basis, had been adopted throughout the ambulance service.