NHS Grampian unveils new rapid response vehicle

Gavin Hastings OBE, Dr Jeremy Richardson, Jonathan Lofthouse and Dr Mark Bloch with the new NHS Grampian rapid response car and some of the equipment it carries.
Gavin Hastings OBE, Dr Jeremy Richardson, Jonathan Lofthouse and Dr Mark Bloch with the new NHS Grampian rapid response car and some of the equipment it carries.

The specialist skills of NHS Grampian consultants are now provided at the scene of emergencies, with experts travelling in a new rapid response car anywhere they are needed in the region.

TheSubaru Impreza was officially launched on Tuesday by ex-international rugby star Gavin Hastings OBE and is part of NHS Grampian’s new bluelight service - G-HEMS (Hospitals Emergency Medicat Service).

The Sandpiper Trust, of which Gavin Hastings is the patron, has funded all the medical and clinical equipment carried in the new car.

It will be used by NHS Grampian consultants to reach incidents where the advanced skills of a pre-hospital doctor will assist Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) colleagues in caring for the critically injured or ill.

It is the first time a vehicle has been used this way by NHS Grampian.

Jonathan Lofthouse, NHS Grampian’s acute sector general manager, said: “This is a really exciting patient care development for Grampian.”

Dr Jeremy Richardson, clinical lead for ARI emergency department added: “I and the consultants providing pre-hospital services, have trained with experts from UK helicopter emergency medical services to ensure the very best life saving skills will be available at the scene of an incident.”

It is anticipated the G-HEMS service will be called to around 14 incidents each week.