Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Two new ambulances for QEH

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TWO NEW AMBULANCES have been added to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s fleet.

The two Toyota vehicles costing $190 000 each were officially handed over to hospital officials at the temporary headquarters for the Ambulance Services on Jemmotts Lane this morning.

They bring the number of functional ambulances to seven and the total fleet to 11.

Director of the Hospital Dr Dexter James said with the additional vehicles, consideration ought to be given to decentralising the Ambulance Service.

Under the proposed system, there would be one ambulance each to service the northern, eastern and some parts of western Barbados, to improve response times.

While welcoming the augmentation of the ambulance fleet, Minister of Health John Boyce suggested the option of building some ambulances in Barbados as well as locally retrofitting those already abandoned for lack of repairs should be explored. (GC)

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