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Yorkshire Coast Businesses Asked for Help

Yorkshire Coast Businesses Asked for Help

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 4:58pm 8th April 2020.

The government is asking businesses on the Yorkshire coast to help develop new sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances used for coronavirus patients.

It currently takes up to 45 minutes for ambulance staff to deep clean equipment between missions.

And some ambulance cleaning centres are some distance away from their base or hospitals – adding strain and delay on the already under pressure service.

Now, businesses are being urged to do their bit in the region’s fight against the virus by working with the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop technology which could also be used on buses, trains, other emergency vehicles and in hospital wards.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said it already has robust sanitisation measures in place, but added it would consider using quicker cleaning technology if it were to become available.

The service’s Head of Safety, Iffa Settle, said:

“This is always a top priority for the Trust and is particularly heightened during the current challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

We have a range of vehicle cleaning options available to us depending upon specific needs and the infection status of patients who have been conveyed.

In addition to our recently developed Ambulance Vehicle Preparation units and other core cleaning facilities available at ambulance stations we have introduced additional measures in response to the coronavirus crisis.

This includes dedicated cleaning teams at the region’s hospital emergency departments to ensure our vehicles can be cleaned and prepared as quickly and efficiently as possible so they are ready to respond to the next emergency.

If the government becomes aware of any new rapid sanitising technology that would be beneficial to ambulance services, it’s certainly something we would consider.”

DASA said solutions must be suitable for rapid deployment – and products which are already available on the market will not be considered.

It also said technology which can be used easily and on the move is of particular interest.

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ABGP, on 8th April 2020 7:46pm
What you would normally do in industry when you have a critical asset like this that needs to keep working is modularise the container and swap out the kit without the container. Then get the vehicle back on the road and whilst it is away clean the kit more thoroughly and under less pressure. With local businesses such as Alexander Dennis and Woodall Nicholson Holdings I am sure they could design a solution.

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