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Ford Transit transformed into mobile clinic to identify ‘long effects of COVID’ in UK

MANILA: The National Health Service (NHS) in Essex, England, has partnered with Ford and local community health officials to provide a mobile clinic specializing in spirometry testing using a Ford Transit to determine and assess the effects of a “long COVID”.

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  • What are the changes to the Ford Transit to make it a mobile clinic in the UK?

    The Ford Transit was fitted with spirometry testing equipment, medical grade refrigeration with WiFi monitoring capability, coolers for transporting vaccines, a foldable chair for administering vaccines and a tablet to access and update health records.

  • What is spirometry?

    Spirometry is a technique used to diagnose lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory diseases. Patients breathe into a device that measures lung capacity.

  • Spirometry is a technique used to diagnose lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory diseases. Patients breathe into a device that measures lung capacity.

    The Transit will transport the equipment, allowing clinicians and NHS health workers to provide a ‘one stop shop’ service for residents with mobility issues, language barriers or who live in more rural areas.

    It comes just months after the launch of the Ford Transit Vax Van, a program that has helped the NHS deliver vaccines to minority groups and rural communities. Hundreds of people have been encouraged to receive their first vaccines through this program. Patients praised the “easy” and “convenient” service.

    In a statement, Dr Sharon Hadley, Clinical Lead of the Mid and South Essex Partnership, said: “Building on the success of the Essex Vax Van, we are launching a similar outreach model to help reach underserved groups. to make sure they get the right care. for long COVID-related shortness of breath. Many people report persistent difficulty breathing. With a drop in spirometry testing during the pandemic, diagnoses of illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are estimated to have halved in the past year, tens of thousands of people across the country could be living with the disease. serious illness without knowing it. In the same way that COVID-19 posed a greater threat to some communities, we need to go out and find those most at risk and ensure people have the knowledge, care and treatment they need to avoid a serious life-limiting illness.

    Ford Transit as a National Health Service (NHS) mobile clinic

    Meanwhile, Ford of Great Britain and Ireland Managing Director Lisa Brankin said: “Ford is delighted to support this outreach program using our new public transport van, which enables the NHS to Essex to directly target the communities most in need. Working with the NHS to build awareness and uptake of such an important test has been an incredible way to build on the momentum of the ‘Vax Van’. This spirometry testing van further anchors Ford as a leading organization, with a “people first” approach to everything we do. I’m sure this Transit will continue to increase access for more people in the county.

    The bespoke vehicle is based on a Ford Transit, which has been the most popular utility vehicle in the UK for 56 years and was named the best-selling vehicle in 2021. It has been modified to support the NHS by the specialty based in West Yorkshire. Venari Group vehicle manufacturers. In addition to spirometry testing equipment, the Ford Transit is also equipped with medical-grade refrigeration with WiFi monitoring capability, vaccine transport coolers, a foldable chair for administering vaccines and an integrated tablet to access and update health records.

    The Ford and NHS Essex Transit will be on the road from this month. The program will continue to operate as a pilot project, with the possibility of increasing the number of vehicles and experimenting with new outreach strategies in the future.

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