NHS fleet of ambulances to be boosted next Winter

A £36.3 million investment will see 256 state-of-the-art ambulances added to the current NHS fleet across the country this winter.

The investment will also finance ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters, where specialist staff will be able to re-stock, refuel and clean vehicles to get them back out faster to treat patients. The new ambulances will be distributed across the country.

London Ambulance Service is set to increase its fleet with an extra 25 double-crewed ambulances as a result of £3.85 million investment, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will increase its fleet with 62 double-crewed ambulances, due to £7.5 million in funding.

Health minister Stephen Barclay said: "In some of the most worrying and vulnerable moments in our lives, dedicated ambulance staff are there; providing expert, calm and reassuring care to patients in often highly pressurised and sometimes dangerous situations. They are there for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so we want to make sure that in the 70th year of the NHS we're supporting them with state of the art equipment, meaning they can provide a better service to patients."

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