NHS Blood and Transplant treads confidently with Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres
CrossClimate+ tyres are helping NHS Blood and Transplant to deliver life-saving
blood to hospitals and donation equipment for blood donor sessions, after the
service selected the summer tyre with full winter capabilities for its 45 Ford
Focus Estate rapid response vehicles.
adoption of a CrossClimate+ policy is the first-time in the organisation’s
history that NHS Blood and Transplant has nominated a preferred brand and tread
pattern of tyre, reflecting Michelin’s position in the marketplace.
move follows an extensive viability trial which also required endorsement from
Fraikin, the sole fleet management provider.
Bannon, national fleet manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “When we get
a call we have to deliver regardless of the weather conditions. Not reaching
our destination because our tyres have let us down simply isn’t an option. If
we don’t get there with our vital blood supplies, lives are at stake.”
on the tyres’ launch, he said: “I was intrigued by the idea of one tyre being
capable of handling all weather conditions. We organised some test sets and the
feedback from our drivers was universally positive, with particular praise for
the superior handling and traction.”
to Fraikin’s decision to permit the new tyres as standard fitments was access
to real-life test data from within the fleet which showed them to deliver at
least the same mileage and performance as the existing tyres found on the
fleet, despite the added winter capability.
Blood and Transplant previously operated a mixed-manufacturer summer tyre
policy, replacing original equipment tyres like-for-like once worn. Each Focus
Estate travels an average of 35,000 miles each year, and is on standby 24/7 to
deliver everything from blood, blood products, tissue and samples to hospitals
across England. The fleet also completes more than eight ‘blue light’ journeys
per day, every day.
Bannon added: “We’ve never needed dedicated winter tyres because the primary
routes to hospitals are the first to be gritted or cleared of snow. However
it’s reassuring to know that we can now count on our CrossClimate+ tyres to
keep us moving should we face unexpected weather, or journeys on untreated