InHealth, the UK’s largest provider of mobile medical diagnostic services, has taken delivery of two Scania S500 twin-steer tractor units. Supplied with fully inclusive five-year repair and maintenance agreements, these are the first two Scanias to enter service with the firm.
The two trucks are both Highline models featuring 13-litre 500hp engines driving automated Opticruise gearboxes. The repair and maintenance agreements are based on a mileage of 80,000km a year over their five-year in-service life, with all work being carried out by Scania’s Banbury service centre.
Director of Operations, Graham Ogden said: “We are delighted to welcome these first two Scanias into our fleet. In addition to proven fuel economy and aftersales service we can rely on, purchasing trucks with a low environmental impact was a key factor underpinning our decision to opt for Scania. As an organisation, we keep a conscious eye on being as green as possible and were impressed by Scania’s approach to sustainability.
“Branding and image also matter to us; our vehicles are high profile, being positioned predominantly in NHS hospital or community settings with a large patient/public footfall. As healthcare providers, it is important to demonstrate our commitment to quality in every undertaking, so the credibility and security of the Scania brand is important for us, as is the image they project out on the road – an image we feel is exceptional.
“Finally, I have to add that our drivers wanted Scania. Ultimately, the trucks are their workplace, their office and their personal home during the week, so we endeavour to respect their opinions when it comes to vehicle selection. We look to provide high specification trucks, which we allow our drivers to enhance with accessories of their choice, providing it does not detract from the brand or our own image. Consequently, we have some great looking trucks in the fleet and our overall driver retention rate is good.”
InHealth serves NHS trusts, community health centres and private hospitals and operates 35 trucks to haul its highly specialised, high value 110-strong trailer fleet, which are predominately manufactured by Lamboo, Smit Medical and Bence. Upon arrival on site, it is the responsibility of the driver to set up the trailer and ensure its equipment, including all medical and IT installations, is fully operational so that when the clinical staff arrive on site they can simply switch everything on and start working immediately.