Ambulance service buys vehicles for obese patients

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The East Midlands Ambulance Service is to spend about £8m on ambulances capable of dealing with obese patients.

It currently has only a handful of vehicles capable of moving the largest patients in a 270-strong core fleet.

The trust said buying 80 ambulances with larger stretchers, ramps, hoists and specialist chairs would cut delays and improve care.

But the Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel said moving larger patients would still be a problem.

The new ambulances, which are currently being built, will be able to take patients weighing up to 50 stone (318kg).

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