Bariatric Transfers from the Bariatric ambulance specialists

Bariatric Transfers across the UK

The Bariatric Transfer Specialists

SMS, and Southern Ambulance Services, (trading name of Elite Medical and Ambulance Services Ltd) are one of very few ambulance services in the South to have full bariatric capability, where specialist equipment and skills combine to offer transfers to a unique group of patients.

Focusing on dignity, comfort and safety, every step of the transfer is risk assessed and planned by an experienced member of staff before being transferred by a team of 2, 3, 4 or more staff depending on the complexity of the transfer.

Specialist Bariatric Equipment

We have equipment capable of moving a patient weighing up to 400kg (63 stone) using a Ferno Megasus bariatric stretcher. Whether the patient is transferred on the bariatric stretcher or in a wide specialist bariatric wheelchair, a winch is used to load the patient into the vehicle ensuring staff safety and a smooth transition on to the vehicle for the patient.

We also have the ability to help heavier patients (up to 35 stone) down stairs without risking the safety of the patient or our staff by using a Ferno EZ Glide chair, that glides down the staircase using a controlled tracking system.

A Highly Experienced Bariatric Team

We have moved many NHS and private bariatric patients, our team have encountered many challenges which they have met via ingenuity, effort and experience. Every patient is always treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We do not use pictures or footage of our patients for marketing purposes and hence the pictures shown on this page are of staff at a training session.

“In June 2011 my youngest son announced he was to be married to his partner of 8 years. I searched the internet for a private ambulance company and got some quotes that were quite ridiculously high and also limiting as to how much time I could have at the venue and I felt that it would be impossible for me to be there. This was very traumatic for me as my son was the last of our children to be married.”

“Then I remembered that Sussex Medical Services had transported me home from hospital before. I contacted them and received a quote that was half that of rival companies. One of their guys, then came and did an assessment for access etc and couldn’t have been kinder.”

“On the day I was very nervous yet so excited as it was a day I hadn't expected to live to see do to serious health issues. Before we set off they made sure I was 150% comfortable for the journey and they chatted to me and reassured me that I would be there on time. When we arrived they stayed all day and were on hand to help. The Venue had poor accessibility due to being a listed building but they overcome all of those obstacles.”

“The guys were on hand at all times and constantly checked up on me to make sure I was ok and to see if I needed anything. This took a lot of pressure off my family and meant that my husband was able to circulate and chat with everyone etc. During the meal I felt a little unwell and one of the crew was soon on the scene with some oxygen and reassurance and due to his care along with his colleagues I was able to stay for the entire wedding from 12pm until 9.30pm. I have to say that it felt as if the team were more part of our family that day than an ambulance crew. Everyone at the wedding said how good they had been, they didn’t mind helping me access the loo, and pushed me round the venue to different spots so that I could see my son and new daughter cut their cake, have their first dance and have photos taken.”

“I would thoroughly recommend Sussex Medical Services, if you have an event that you want to get to I. I hope my testimonial will encourage you to try and get to that special event and it shows that it doesn’t matter what your size you are or medical difficulties you have, you can still enjoy those special moments and not be the one left at home.”

“It was a wonderful day and has left me full of many wonderful memories.”
Wendy Bridger

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