London’s Air Ambulance stays on course with Škoda
Škoda UK has renewed its contract with London’s Air
Ambulance to replace its current serving fleet with three Octavia vRS estate
models as well as two Kodiaqs, to support its 24/7 life-saving operation.
With the requirements for a high level of practicality, reliability
and durability, the Octavia estate vRS was chosen by London’s Air Ambulance to
support its trauma unit. The charity has also added two Kodiaq 4x4s to its
fleet that feature a spacious interior and all-terrain drive capability.
Škoda has worked with London’s Air Ambulance for the past 12
years and the five new vehicles, which are on a three-year lease deal through
Volkswagen Financial Services, will act as the ground support alongside the
service’s two helicopters.
The rapid response cars are called into action from sunset
to 8am and in adverse weather conditions when the helicopter is unable to fly.
The cars are based at The Royal London Hospital in East London and are driven
by the service’s paramedics and navigated by an advanced trauma doctor; ready
to respond quickly to an emergency.
London’s Air Ambulance Physician Response Unit (PRU) will
also utilise the vehicles as it carries out its operations 12 hours a day,
seven days a week. The 610-litre boot in the Octavia estate offers space to carry
the advanced medication and equipment that would usually only be found in
hospital, enabling the life-saving crew to treat people at the scene or at
Paul Smith, driving standards manager at
London’s Air Ambulance, said: “We provide a vital service to the capital
transporting an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic to seriously injured
people. Whilst the helicopter can reach patients in a matter of minutes, our
fleet of rapid response cars is also critical to serve the community and ensure
that we are ready to respond instantly in all-weather conditions. The
reliability and performance of Škoda continues to meet the demand of our
service and we are pleased to renew the contract once again.”