Call for new sanitising technology to speed up ambulance cleaning times during North Yorkshire's virus outbreak

The government is asking businesses in North Yorkshire to help develop new sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances used for coronavirus patients.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

It currently takes up to 45 minutes for ambulance staff to deep clean equipment between missions.

And some ambulance cleaning centres are some distance away from their base or hospitals – adding strain and delay on the already under pressure service.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Now, businesses in North Yorkshire are being urged to do their bit in the region's fight against the virus by working with the UK's Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop technology which could also be used on buses, trains, other emergency vehicles and in hospital wards.

The government is looking to speed up the time it takes to disinfect ambulances.The government is looking to speed up the time it takes to disinfect ambulances.
The government is looking to speed up the time it takes to disinfect ambulances.

Figures reveal North Yorkshire residents are following the Government's lockdown advice as footfall at shops drops 88 per cent

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said it already has robust sanitation measures in place, but added it would consider using quicker cleaning technology if it were to become available.

Iffa Settle, the service's Head of Safety, said: "This is always a top priority for the Trust and is particularly heightened during the current challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“We have a range of vehicle cleaning options available to us depending upon specific needs and the infection status of patients who have been conveyed.

"In addition to our recently developed Ambulance Vehicle Preparation units and other core cleaning facilities available at ambulance stations we have introduced additional measures in response to the coronavirus crisis.

"This includes dedicated cleaning teams at the region’s hospital emergency departments to ensure our vehicles can be cleaned and prepared as quickly and efficiently as possible so they are ready to respond to the next emergency.

“If the government becomes aware of any new rapid sanitising technology that would be beneficial to ambulance services, it’s certainly something we would consider.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

DASA said solutions must be suitable for rapid deployment - and products which are already available on the market will not be considered.

It also said technology which can be used easily and on the move is of particular interest.

For more information visit

By Jacob Webster, Local Democracy Reporter

A message from the Editor

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.

Thank you