Glasgow & West Scotland

Nobles replaces stolen 'children's ambulance'

Specialist ambulance
Image caption The new Subaru ambulance will be used to transport staff and equipment to critically ill children

A new car has been donated to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Glasgow to replace a special children's ambulance that was stolen and burned out.

Subaru dealership A F Noble and Son replaced the previous vehicle which was taken from outside an on-call medic's home in Renfrewshire on 18 September.

A 35-year-old man was later charged with stealing the fast response car.

George Halliday, from Johnstone, made no declaration at Paisley Sheriff Court last month and was returned to custody.

The original Subaru vehicle, which was also funded by Nobles in Penicuik, was found burned out on waste ground in Paisley's Ferguslie Park area shortly after it was taken.

Staff appealed for its safe return as it was the only one in Scotland and vital for saving lives.

The new paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) ambulance will be used to transfer specialist staff and equipment to other hospitals.

Once there, they will stabilise and prepare young patients for transfer via ambulance to intensive care units.

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