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New Ambulance Fleet

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

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They will provide the new transport service taking eligible patients for routine, non-emergency appointments around the area.

They are operated by NSL, who have invested in a new fleet of 30 vehicles and have access to specialist Bariatric and High Dependency Ambulances.

They have employed drivers who worked for previous providers, West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The contract with NSL runs for three years and was jointly awarded by Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust.

Dr Andrew Bartlam, Chief Clinical Officer of Stoke-on-Trent CCG said: “This contract was awarded following a comprehensive tender process where the over-riding priority was on the quality of the service. 

"NSL have demonstrated their commitment and professionalism throughout the implementation process that has resulted in an uneventful transfer from West Midlands Ambulance Service to NSL.”

“The new vehicles will become a familiar sight on local roads.

The vehicles are modern and well equipped and experienced staff from WMAS have transferred to NSL to retain the local knowledge.”

“NSL has a proven track record in providing patient transport services and currently provide an excellent service in South Staffordshire.

The service provided will be constantly monitored to ensure that local patients receive the prompt and high-quality service they are entitled to expect.”

The vehicles will operate from NSL’s new depot off Loomer Road in Chesterton, which has been specially refurbished to Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

Alastair Cooper of NSL Care Services, said: “We’re all geared up to providing eligible patients with a reliable and caring patient transport service.

We have had first-class inspection results by the government’s health watchdog in the other areas we work in, and are looking forward to achieving this in Northern Staffordshire.”

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