This beautiful blue Subaru Impreza Turbo leads a secret life: green lights behind the grille indicate that it is used by an emergency doctor. The private registration (partly disguised) also hints at its emergency use, by having ‘999’ as the numerical element.
KC02 WXU This BASICS doctor Audi estate has green/yellow battenburg livery and unusually is fitted with blue flashing lights. Notice how the roof lights and grille lights are fitted without drilling, to help maintain the sell-on value of the car.
The rear of the car, this time with the doors closed. It is sponsored by Medi-Logistics.
PN52 HKV A Skoda Octavia 20V turbo emergency doctor’s car. This car is operated by Med Alert, a Lancashire emergency response team charity, affiliated to BASICS.
The rear view of the Skoda. Notice the illuminated ‘accident’ sign on the roof lights and the Skoda dealer’s sticker stating “Oh no, another great Skoda…”!
A Hampshire BASICS (The British Association for Immediate Care) doctor with a Volvo V40 Police Specification T4. As well as the standard mobile phone and VHF communications equipment, this vehicle is fitted with satellite navigation and a global positioning system for vehicle location, so ambulance control can ‘see’ where it is. It’s call sign is IMCARE 0221.
The same vehicle with some of the equipment carried. BASICS doctors are trained to drive on blue (or green) lights to attend emergencies where a doctor’s skill, experience and prescriptive authority is required.
YB02 JUV This VW Passat was bought by North Yorkshire Emergency Doctors in June 2002. It replaces the previous “M01” vehicle which was a 1999 version of the Passat. It is not fitted with a siren but the green flashing light can aid a doctor’s progress to a casualty. The green lights are used about five times per week to attend emergencies.
A Y-registration Subaru Impreza from the Hampshire Technical Rescue Unit Doctors. The Impreza underwent a facelift in 2001, with the most noticeable changes being the headlight clusters and the grille reshaping. It is still one of the most affordable agile and fast accelerating production cars available.