A FUTURISTIC £250,000 “spaceship” model of ambulance can reach speeds of 99mph and brings the hospital to the patient.
The newly-launched ambulance, dubbed Aseco, is made of state-of-the-art aerodynamic materials and comes complete with an X-ray machine, breathing devices, specialist blood testing equipment and stroke scanners.
Chief engineer Phil Bevan said: “In everybody’s life the most important vehicle you’ll use is an ambulance.
“It gives you that golden hour between falling ill and getting into hospital.
“It needs to be in a safe and comfortable condition. Our ambulance does that in spades.”
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Phil was inspired by his own negative experience when he was taken to hospital after severing nerves in one shoulder, which he claimed was far from ideal.
But this new model should be able to respond to “any challenge or situation”, he said.
“Most ambulances take the patient to hospital but ours takes the hospital to the patient,” he explained.
“What we’ve done is make the patient area bigger and kept the crew cab area the same size.
“The stretcher is at the centre of the cabin meaning medics don’t have to stand up, but can sit down and wear a seat belt when moving.
“This means that two medics can be closer to the patient at all times.
“We’re going to save hundreds of lives. The ambulance enables crews to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.”
An NHS spokeswoman told The Sun Online it would be up to each of the 11 individual ambulance trusts across the UK to decide whether to commission the new model.
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Ambulances originated in the UK in the 1890s, when horse-drawn cars would form the emergency vehicle.
The first petrol-driven ambulance was established in 1904, travelling at up to 15mph.
But it wasn’t until the National Health Service Act of 1948 that ambulances were made available for all those who needed them.
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