An NHS ‘Health Bus’ is back on the road after undergoing major surgery.
Following the refurbishment, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s (RDaSH) single-decker now has two on-board clinical rooms plus additional seating that can be used as a couch if necessary. The driver’s compartment has been screened off as part of the conversion and a new large TV/DVD now allows hirers to screen information related to the event they are staging.
The bus has been branded with the RDaSH logo and includes a new heating and air conditioning system – allowing a climate controlled environment – plus advertising points added to the exterior where promotional posters can be displayed.
It provides a practical working space on wheels for RDaSH services and other health related organisations to use for promotional events and other activities, including mobile surgeries, health check stations and vaccination catch up sessions for school age children.
Health Bus Co-ordinator/Driver Kyle Pearson, said: “We are very pleased to have the Health Bus back as it provides a mobile venue enabling services to be more accessible to those most vulnerable in our community, which is particularly important at the current time.
“Since returning the bus has been busy providing a mobile clinic for the RDaSH vaccination team who have been catching up on missed vaccination of secondary school pupils due to closures.
“In order to maintain current social-distancing, only one client or one parent and child can be seen at a time. All clients must attend in face masks and we ask that attendees tell us in advance if they have any symptoms of COVID 19 and they do not attend the session or appointment. Hand sanitiser is provided for use on entry and exit from the bus.”
The 18 year-old vehicle is believed to have started its life carrying passengers in the south east, before being converted into a versatile Health Bus that can frequently be seen across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.