Investment in new ambulances

An additional 37 ambulances are set to hit the roads of Derby and Derbyshire following nearly £5 million of Government investment.

The expanded ambulance fleet will help meet the long-term plan for the NHS and ease winter pressures on emergency care.

The investment has come from a joint bid from East Midlands Ambulance Service and Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

It will bring many more double-crewed ambulances onto the roads, which can respond to all types of calls. The paramedics will be able to treat a patient or take them to hospital if necessary, offering more flexibility than smaller, first-response vehicles with a solo responder.

The announcement was made by Health Minister Stephen Barclay as part of the NHS’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The funding builds on the recent announcement that paramedics will be given body cameras to increase protection from violence, in a trial involving 465 ambulances and paramedic teams nationwide.