New bariatric ambulance for Southmead Hospital

March 26 2018

A new bariatric ambulance has been unveiled at Southmead Hospital which will transport patients requiring extra support around the site.

A new bariatric ambulance has been unveiled at Southmead Hospital which will transport patients requiring extra support around the site.

The new ambulance was purchased through funding from Southmead Hospital League of Friends, and will help transport patients from the Brunel building to Elgar House. This will enable patients to begin their recovery in an environment designed for the transition from hospital to home or a care home. 

The bariatric ambulance is specially-designed and equipped to support patients weighing over 159kg (25stone) and will also transport women in labour from the maternity unit to the emergency theatre in the Brunel building when required. The dual purpose ambulance will be available 24/7 and can transport all patients from Brunel to other parts of the Southmead Hospital site.

Lead Executive for Charitable Funds at North Bristol NHS Trust, Catherine Phillips said: “We are incredibly grateful to Southmead Hospital League of Friends for providing the funding for the new specially-designed ambulance.”

The League of Friends has supported the needs of patients and staff at Southmead Hospital for over 40 years, and to date has given more than £1,140,000 in grants to the hospital. Working independently to the hospital’s own charity, money is raised by volunteers through the League of Friends coffee shop in the Brunel atrium, with all profits from the coffee shop being reinvested in Southmead Hospital. The League also receives legacies and donations.