Page last updated at 08:45 GMT, Friday, 23 April 2010 09:45 UK

Ambulance meets obese patient demand in Essex

A high number of requests to move obese patients in Essex has prompted an ambulance service to buy a purpose-built vehicle.

The St John Ambulance vehicle was designed by health specialists and can move patients weighing up to 50 stone.

The charity said the ambulance was ordered in response to a "large amount" of requests to move obese patients across the county.

The ambulance will be used for both NHS and private patients.

A support vehicle for the ambulance, which can carry any additional equipment needed, friends and relatives, has also been brought into service.

Melanie Merrett said: "These individuals, known as bariatric patients, often need a vehicle with very specific capabilities in terms of size and weight-bearing ability.

"Because our team was receiving a large amount of requests around the county, we began designing a vehicle to fulfil the requirement more appropriately.

"This is a first for St John Ambulance in Essex."

Print Sponsor

Obese flat rescue man is 'stable'
28 Jan 10 |  Norfolk
Obese man rescued through window
27 Jan 10 |  Norfolk
Hospital treatment for 53st man
14 Jan 10 |  Suffolk
More ambulances for obese people
12 Dec 09 |  Suffolk
New ambulance for obese patients
08 Nov 08 |  Cambridgeshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific