New ambulances rolled out for obese patients Ambulance services across England have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure vehicles can cope with a growing number of obese patients.
Bariatric ambulances are specially-designed and equipped in response to a 10-fold spike in hospital visits linked to obesity in the past decade
The number of admissions has increased from 52,000 in 2006 to 520,000 in 2016.
Figures show the north west had the highest number of obesity-related admissions in 2016, with 78,000.
The North West Ambulance Service has eight bariatric vehicles, used 40,000 times in four years, and has spent £184,000 on specialist equipment since 2015. BBC News