This golf kart has been adapted to be used by doctors supporting the British Touring Car Championship races around the UK. It has a BTCC badge on the front and a green strobing beacon on the roof. It is only used to drive around the paddock, not on public roads, and therefore in unregistered, carrying “doctor” signs in place of registration plates.
The rear view of this unusual electric four-seater left-hand drive kart.
This Porsche Cayenne Turbo is used as an emergency medical support vehicle for the British Touring Cars Championship. It is seen following the cars on the first lap when the chance of accidents is greatest. It also caries out this role in all of the support races.
The rear view. A doctor, a surgeon and a paramedic are driven by an experienced racing driver. In previous years, this car was fitted with green flashing lights, but since 2009 has had blue lights fitted for use on-track.
RJ58 KTL This is a red Honda Civic that is used as a doctor car in support of the Tour of Britain cycle race. The sign on the windscreen says ‘race doctor’. It is fitted with a magnetically mounted green rotating beacon on the roof and various race sponsors down the sides.
The rear view of the Civic.
EA08 TLZ This Skoda Octavia vrs is a 2008 addition to London HEMS’s fleet. It is the first vehicle to carry prominent advertising for sponsor Saints Transport. It is fitted with a blue/green roof light bar, dashboard flasher unit and leds behind the grille.
The rear view of the Skoda. “Not in use” signs can be seen as the vehicle awaits being made operational.
WV54 TUJ is a Peugeot 307 HDI estate operated by BrisDoc (Bristol doctors on call) out of hours service. It is decked out with ambulance-style green and yellow battenburg markings and a yellow bonnet. A full-width green light bar is also attached to the roof rails.
The rear view of the same car.
ET06 VGE is a Skoda Octavia VRS that is used by the HEMS doctors in London. It is used in addition to the air ambulance to get highly trained doctors to serious medical incidents in the capital. The vehicle is sponsored by D&G cars.
The rear view of the Octavia. You can see the NHS logo, London Ambulance Service logo as well as subtle adverts for the sponsoring company.
M4 UGR This Volvo V70 is used as a doctor’s emergency car. It carries full-height ambulance battenburg markings on the sides and is fitted with small blue flashing lights around the bodywork. It also can be fitted with a full width green and blue light bar onto the roof rails. It is used by a BASICS doctor in Suffolk.
NK06 DHD This Mercedes Benz Vito van is decked out in ambulance-style battenburg markings. It has a clear light bar that flashes green, along with the repeaters in the front grille and wings. It has no writing on it expect for an ‘NHS’ logo. The central part of the vehicle has three seats for transporting people.
YK55 AEL This Honda CRV is an NHS emergency doctors’ car. It is an ex-TENYAS rapid response vehicle. After the collapse of North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors, TENYAS took over the service. The TENYAS wording was removed from the rearmost side windows and the blue lights changed to green.
The rear view of the CRV. Notice that the roof light bar contains red lights to the rear that can be used when the vehicle is stationary.
EX54 XVL is a Subaru Impreza used by HEMS doctors in London when they are not in their helicopter. It is a slight departure from their previous vehicles as the bodywork is bright blue rather than dark blue (see below). It still has the blue and green flashing lights and distinctive livery.
The side view of the same Impreza. The doctors and paramedics that are part of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service are easily recognised by their orange jumpsuits. The website shown along the door sills is for a medical supplies company that sponsor them.
T669 HPX This is a Honda BASICS emergency doctor’s motorbike. It operates out of Portsmouth and is an ex-Hampshire police bike. It is very rare to see a motorbike fitted with green flashing lights. This will be short-lived however, as it is due to re-fitted with blue lights in early 2005.
The same motorbike now fitted with blue lights. This medical response motorcycle was extensively used for Medical Incident Officer duties during the 2005 Portsmouth International Fleet Review and International Festival of the Sea. It’s role is displayed on a large placard on the front.
VN52 FFS This is a Subaru Impreza ambulance / doctor car. It is used by London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) team to get to emergency calls when the helicopter is unavailable. The 4WD turbo-charged Impreza has lightening-quick acceleration and superb handling, but these qualities will be rarely used on the capital’s congested roads.
The rear view, showing the high visibility markings and the roof-mounted green and blue flashing lights, very rare in the UK. They can be used because a doctor and a paramedic will be in the vehicle.