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Ambulances struggle with fat patients

3rd February 2011

Ambulance bosses across the UK are having to review their fleets in order to cope with an increase in the number of obese patients.

It has emerged that every ambulance service across the country has had to start buying specialist equipment including wider stretchers, more lifting equipment and reinforcing existing ambulance vehicles to cope with heavier patients. Some trusts have also bought specialist bariatric ambulances - costing up to £90,000 each - with double-width trolley stretchers for patients weighing up to 50 stone.

 

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