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V60 to play vital role for Staffordshire GPs

After being contracted to supply healthcare services for the NHS, SDUC – part of Vocare Group – was looking to deal with a manufacturer renowned for quality, safety and reliability and selected Volvo. The V60 was chosen for the job thanks to its spacious cabin and large loading area, which were deemed essential for SDUC doctors, who will transport medical equipment to and from patients' homes, predominantly across the ST4 postcode area.

The V60 was also selected due to the high specification for comparatively low cost as well as for the quick delivery turnaround time.

Each V60 has been kitted out with the SDUC livery including branding for the new NHS 111 non-emergency number. In addition, sirens and a 1,000mm green LED light bar have been fitted along with a bespoke communication/messaging and navigation system.

Forecasted mileage for each vehicle is approximately 25,000 miles per year throughout the next three years, with servicing to be carried out by local Volvo dealer Holdcroft Stoke.

John Harrison, chief executive of Vocare Group, commented: ‘Since we took recent delivery of these eight Volvo V60s the feedback from the staff and management has been very positive. Our patients expect a swift and reliable service out of hours and the V60 helps us provide just that. The support from Volvo has been excellent throughout this order and we look forward to continuing the working relationship.’

Selwyn Cooper, national corporate operations manager of Volvo Car UK, added: ‘SDUC do a fantastic and much needed job in their local community and we are pleased to have provided a fleet of eight V60s to enable them to carry on. The V60 is the ideal solution for SDUC to provide a reliable service to patients needing homecare through Staffordshire.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.