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Photos showing the Critical Care Transfer Buggy
Buggy smooths way for critically ill patients
26 July 2016

Critically ill patients arriving at our hospital by air ambulance now have a much smoother passage into the Emergency Department (ED) thanks to the generosity of a leading charity and a golf buggy manufacturer.

Staff at the hospital worked with mygolfbuggy.com to customise a golf car to transport patients easily from the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s landing site, on the sports field at a neighbouring school, into the ED.

Specially designed with a flatbed to carry a stretcher, a seat for a paramedic or doctor and storage space for medical equipment, it allows staff to transfer patients more quickly so that they can receive the care they need as fast as possible.

The project has been funded by the HELP (Hospital Emergency Landing Pad) charity, with contributions from mygolfbuggy.com and Ransomes Jacobsen.

Heidi Warner, operations lead for the ED at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We are delighted with this bespoke vehicle, which is allowing us to transfer critically ill patients into our ED quickly, safely and comfortably. 

“As well as making the journey from the sports field smoother, the buggy has also helped shave vital seconds off the time it takes to get patients into the building, which ultimately means they can start receiving the care and treatment they need more quickly.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has supported this project. It promises to make a big difference to some of our patients who arrive at hospital in the greatest need.”

Alastair Wilson, medical director with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “This is an excellent step forward in shaving off vital minutes in getting a critically ill patient to the hospital’s emergency department. Every second counts and can make a difference to a patient’s recovery.”