Gozo Hospital gets new transport fleet including rapid response vehicle
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Gozo General Hospital has a new transport fleet, through an investment by Steward Health Care Malta.
18 new patient transport vehicles have been purchased to be used at Gozo General Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital and Karin Grech Hospital.
CEO of Gozo General Hospital Joseph Fenech, explained how patients needing transport from Gozo to Malta and vice-versa will now be transported in safer and more comfortable vehicles.
He said that the introduction of the rapid response vehicle in Gozo was also a very welcome addition to the fleet.
The vehicle is used by members of the emergency medicine team to provide first aid to anyone injured around the island and helps the hospital use its resources more efficiently by assessing an incident’s severity and treating smaller incidents at the scene, he said.
“The vehicle has helped the Gozo Hospital improve response times in heavily-trafficked areas and in less-accessible country roads. The rapid response vehicle is more able to manoeuvre through than full sized ambulances,” Fenech explained.
Steward said that the new hospital fleets will be replacing much older vehicles, some of which dated back to the early 90s, contributing to a much-improved experience to the hospital’s staff and patients.
“The newly purchased vehicles for the hospitals include 14 large vans, 3 smaller easy access vehicles, and a rapid response vehicle, all of which contribute to a much safer, and comfortable experience, with a much smaller impact on the environment,” it said.
The transport departments at Steward hospitals transport over 100 patients a day, mostly elderly patients who require an additional level of comfort and support.
These patients often lack the mobility to attend appointments on their own, and risk being marginalised unless given additional help in moving around.
Steward Health Care Malta concluded by saying that patients are brought from their homes to the hospital for outpatient appointments and they are taken to Mater Dei and to other appointments outside the hospital. “This is done to ensure that patients are cared for in every way.”
Photograph: Gozo General Hospital fleet