Lisa Brankin, Managing Director at Ford of Britain & Ireland said:
“Ford are excited to launch this transformative new Transit van, which will directly target the communities that need it most.
Working with the NHS to bolster outreach and uptake of such an important test, has been an incredible way to continue the momentum of the ‘Vax Van’. This spirometry testing van, further anchors Ford as a leading organisation, with a ‘people-first’ approach in everything we do.
I am sure that this Transit will continue to increase access for more people around the country.”
The bespoke vehicle is based on a Ford Transit, the UK’s most popular commercial vehicle for 56 years was crowned #1 best-selling vehicle in 2021 and has now been converted by West Yorkshire-based specialist vehicle builders, Venari Group to support the NHS. As well as spirometry testing equipment, the Ford Transit’s specification also includes medical grade refrigeration with WIFI monitoring capability, vaccine transport coolers, a collapsible chair for administering vaccines as well as an integrated tablet for accessing and updating health and vaccination records.
The Ford and NHS Essex Transit will take to the roads from early February. The programme will continue to run as a pilot, with scope to increase the number of vehicles in the future and explore further outreach models in the future.
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