New Welsh emergency service fleet unveiled

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Media captionTrauma specialist Rob Dawes: "It enables us to take an emergency department right to the patient"

A fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles has been unveiled which will be used by the emergency services.

The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service will launch in April and use new 4x4s as well as consultant doctors flying in Wales Air Ambulances.

EMRTS will be funded with £2.8m from the Welsh government in 2015-16.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: "It will transform our ability to provide the very best care to the most critically-ill patients in Wales."

The vehicles will carry blood products such as plasma to emergencies which the Welsh government says is unique to Wales and not available outside of the military anywhere else.

Wales Air Ambulance chief executive Angela Hughes said: "To secure consultants on board helicopter shifts is a remarkable leap forward in providing one of the most advanced air ambulance services in the world."

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