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St John Ambulance Hampshire launches Commercial Transport Services

Matthew and two SJA volunteers

St John Ambulance Hampshire has launched a patient transport service in the county in a bid to help meet public demand and to raise funds for the charity's volunteer training and community aid activities.

Dedicated service to aid all in county

The charity, which has been meeting the county’s first aid needs for over 100 years - by not only caring for patients, but also transporting them to hospital - has appointed a dedicated full-time ambulance crew who will be based at St John Ambulance’s premises in Millbrook, Southampton.

St John Ambulance’s newly appointed Commercial Operations Manager for Hampshire, Matthew Beavan said, ‘the service will be supported by a network of volunteer ambulance crews during out-of-hour requests for patient transport.’ Money raised from the venture will directly support the charity’s charitable activities in communities across the county.

Both full-time and emergency crews are highly trained in emergency aid, medical gases, patient handling and AED. ‘They are regularly assessed to meet St John Ambulance National standards and work to nationally written clinical policy and procedure,’ said Matthew.

The new transport service boasts a fleet of fully-kitted emergency vehicles that comply with current protocols and CEN European standards, as well as an ambulance car and a number of 4x4 response vehicles.

‘We have one of the largest ambulance fleets in the country and are a major component of the national ambulance reserve – supporting statutory services in times of crises’, said Matthew. ‘This service will play a vital role in helping St John Ambulance in Hampshire to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

Range of support activities

St John Ambulance transport service will provide transport to and from hospitals, clinics and care homes, and assist with outpatient visits. ‘We are also equipped for specialised patient carrying, including the collection of patients who arrive by sea, rail or air and those with personal wheelchairs.’ Matthew added that St John Ambulance also offer a new bariatric service.

‘As a patient transport provider, St John Ambulance has a number of key contracts with the NHS and we also provide patient transport for many other organisations, as well as private individuals,’ he said.

Matthew, who joined St John Ambulance Hampshire from the NHS Ambulance Service, is excited about the charity’s new venture. ‘We have worked very hard to strengthen our patient transport service in the Hampshire area, and we know that this will be well met by members of the public and the emergency services.’

For further information about the St John Ambulance Patient Transport Service, please contact the service on 01962 863366 or email.