Here we have the latest news from Healthcare at Home, the UK’s leading full service, clinical provider of out-of-hospital healthcare, as they have committed to making its vehicles are fit for the future by ordering a new fleet of 140 refrigerated Mercedes-Benz vans. As part of the new fleet deal, MFS has played a significant role in the specification of the temperature controlled van bodies as well as ensuring that the TK install programme is completed on time.
Healthcare at Home is the leading pan-European, insight-based managed medication service for complex medicines. Its unique offering supports better outcomes for patients by ensuring greater adherence to treatment, while relieving pressures on publicly-funded health systems.
The company operates from headquarters in Burton upon Trent, and a network of 14 locations. Its 1,500 staff, including nurses and pharmacists, support in excess of 180,000 patients nationwide.
Funded and fleet managed by Zenith Vehicle Contracts, Healthcare at Home’s new vans are being supplied by Dealer Rossetts Commercials. The first 100 are already on the road, with the remaining 40 scheduled to enter service by Christmas. All are Vito 114 CDI PURE L2 models with long bodies. Their 140 hp 2.1-litre engines drive the rear wheels and combine outstanding economy with well proven reliability.
As well as the reassuring armoury of safety aids for which Mercedes is renowned, Healthcare at Home’s drivers benefit from the vehicle’s standard-fit Active Parking Assist system, parking sensors and automatic headlights. Other features include a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshift selector, a comfort driver’s seat, heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, and heat-insulating glass.
Insulation and dual-compartment conversions are by temperature-controlled vehicle applications specialist Coolertech, of Hailsham, East Sussex, while Cambridge-based Marshall Fleet Solutions supplies and installs the Thermo King refrigeration units.
Healthcare at Home’s new vans have chilled sections for carrying products at between 2oC and 8oC, while the ambient regime is from 15oC to 25oC.
Reflecting the sensitive nature of Healthcare at Home’s work, and its commitment to patient confidentiality, the vans do not wear any livery.