Discussion over moving 70 stone man
St John Ambulance Suffolk has today confirmed that it is in
discussion over providing vital assistance to move a 70-stone
It was revealed this week that the man is now in line for
life-saving surgery in Chichester and will require
a dedicated team to relocate him because of his size and weight
from Suffolk for this procedure.
St John Ambulance Suffolk is one of the options being considered
for that transportation.
I can confirm that we have been in discussions with the Primary Care Trust about the transportation of a patient to enable him to receive surgery.
St John Ambulance Operations Manager, Suffolk
The charity, which is based in Bramford, has made a name for
itself as a leader in bariatric transport – the
movement of patients whose size prevents them from being carried in
a conventional ambulance - and has now been responsible for
bringing four such specific vehicles to the roads of the
The vehicles and specialist equipment, combined
with the dedicated clinical team, have the
capacity to transport patients up to 70 stone in weight.
By having these dedicated bariatric vehicles
the charity can offer the highest level of service possible to the
residents of Suffolk and has been assisting health services across
the country in this capacity for a number of years.
Keith Hotchkiss, Operations Manager for St John Ambulance
Suffolk, said: 'I can confirm that we have been in discussions with
the Primary Care Trust about the transportation of a patient to
enable him to receive surgery.
'As yet, there is no confirmation as to which option the PCT
will elect to take.'
He added: 'St John Ambulance Suffolk is proud of the part it has
played in ensuring it has transportation and a team of
professionals which are specifically capable of providing a
dignified and efficient service when it comes to assisting
Suffolk’s fleet of specialist bariatric vehicles is a direct
result of the increasing numbers of clinically obese clients
throughout the UK that St John Ambulance is asked to transport.
With the number of requests for St John Ambulance services ever on
the rise there is a mounting need to ensure that adequate resources