The skills of ambulance staff and paramedics have evolved markedly, as has the technology potentially available to them, but their ambulances have failed to keep up. The problems are numerous but include hygiene and infection control, patient experience and digital communications.
The NHS has recognized the need for change since the 2000s, yet progress has been slow, with some conceptual projects funded but nothing concrete achieved.
However, the latest project to address the issue is altogether more ambitious – aiming to build a full-scale mock-up of the back of an ambulance fit for the 21st century.
The 18-month-long project was led by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London, alongside the London Ambulance Service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of the West of England.
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