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EMAS unveils first of 29 new ambulances

East Midlands Ambulance Service will unveil the first of 29 new ambulances today.

The vehicles are fitted with enhanced emergency lighting and are part of a five-year investment plan.

They are also installed with new satellite navigation systems to help with getting to emergencies as quickly as possible.

One of the new ambulances Credit: EMAS

A significant amount of time and effort has gone into making sure these vehicles are the best they can be. Frontline colleagues have provided feedback on our previous models which has been instrumental in the design changes on our 15 plate range.

A lot of attention has been given to the durability of the vehicles. At the end of their shift, our crews go home and rest before their next shift; that's not the same for our vehicles, with the majority being out on the road 24/7.

Our ambulances cover hundreds of miles every day and get a lot of wear and tear which is why it is so important that they are fit for purpose and safe for our staff and patients.

– Steve Farnsworth, Head of Fleet


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Anger as 94-year-old waits 3hrs for ambulance

A 94-year-old woman from Nottinghamshire, who had to lie injured on the pavement for more than three hours waiting for an ambulance, says the experience was "dreadful".

Janet Rogers suffered severe cuts and bruises after falling from her mobility scooter. East Midlands Ambulance Service has apologised.

Ambulance service investigating 3hr 30min pensioner wait

The East Midlands Ambulance service has been responding to anger over an almost four hour wait for a pensioner who fell from her scooter.

They say an investigation is now underway into why the delay happened.

Read: Anger as 94-year-old waits 3hrs 30mins for ambulance

The service we provided to Janet clearly fell short of the high standard our patients should expect. We are very sorry that she had to wait so long for help.

We are now investigating the circumstances to understand why the delay happened and as soon as we know the reasons, we will contact her direct with our findings."

– East Midlands Ambulance Service
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