The Ford Transit Custom is to play a vital role in the country’s well-being – with the NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSBT).
Around 65 per cent of the NHSBT fleet of nearly 500 vehicles are already Fords, from blue-light Ford Focus Estate models to specially adapted Ford Transits, each of which has a key task in keeping blood supplies circulating.
NHSBT’s national fleet service manager, Larry Bannon, said: “We are pleased to welcome the Ford Transit Custom on to our fleet and we are sure it will more than meet our expectations. The Transit is recognised throughout this industry as the perennial best in class, and it is certainly the best vehicle that fits our purpose, with excellent network support and a spare parts supply second to none.”
In addition to emergency-service livery and the fitment of special storage equipment, each van is lined in a special waterproof resin to enable power-washing of the interior to ensure cleanliness to prescribed and regularly audited levels.
Larry Bannon added: “The Ford vans are used in every stage of the blood donation process, from collecting the blood from the village halls and schools where blood donation sessions are set up, then transporting the donated blood to our regional processing sites where it is tested, processed and sorted, through to delivering units of blood to hospitals, whether as part of a routine order or under emergency blue-light cover to meet a hospital’s urgent needs.”
Ford Direct sales manager, Terry Adams, said: “It is reassuring to know a life-saving service that any of us might need to call upon, has placed its faith in the safety and reliability of Ford Transit.”
NHSBT: Who we are
We are responsible for:
- Encouraging people to donate organs, blood, stem cells and tissues
- Optimising the safety and supply of blood, organs, stem cells and tissues and matching them to patients
- Helping to raise the quality, effectiveness and clinical outcomes of blood and transplant services
- Providing expert advice to other NHS organisations, and to the health departments of the four UK countries
- Commissioning and conducting research and development to improve outcomes for patients
- Implementing relevant EU statutory frameworks and guidance.
We were formed in October 2005 from the merger of the National Blood Service and UK Transplant.
We are grateful to our donors who generously provide the donations vital to so many patients. We are proud to support and enable altruistic donation in the UK.
A single thread unites and connects everyone at NHSBT – our vital role in making sure the precious altruistic donations we receive from the public continue to save and improve as many lives as possible.
We do this by focusing on our key values: Caring, Expert and Quality. These values cut through everything we do and shape how we work together, and with others, to achieve our ambition and deliver our purpose.
- We care about the patient, our donors, their families and colleagues, who together meet patient needs
- We are expert in meeting the needs of our customers and partners
- We provide quality products and services and positive experiences for donors, staff and patients
Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 67,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities (13 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.co.uk