Covid patients are to be whisked to hospitals including the Nightingale in converted London buses. The single-decker vehicles will have most of their seats removed and will be able to carry four patients. They will also be kitted out with vital medical equipment including infusion pumps and monitors. The buses, which have been loaned by Go-Ahead, will be used by NHS staff in the capital working to treat tens of thousands of Covid patients. Doctors and nurses, especially from intensive care units, as well as St Johns Ambulance volunteers, will staff the vehicles. Their primary role will be to move patients from hospital to hospital. Go-Ahead is also providing four vaccinated drivers for the vehicles, The Guardian reports, which can be used to keep patients stable and observe their condition. Patients will also be able to receive oxygen onboard through a facemask. The buses will start moving patients in the next few days and will likely start by making trips from London Hospitals to the Nightingale at the ExCel arena. The East London field hospital is now being used to treat recovering patients rather than the critically ill who were taken there during the first wave. In adding the buses… Read full this story
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