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M1 Service Stations - Help needed ASAP

Post: # 41527Post ukmedic1
Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:51 am

I hope I can again enlist your collective help...

I am in the process of arranging a transfer of a patient from Croydon to Newcastle. The patient is awaiting urgent heart / lung transfer, and we expect very short notice of when she is needed to travel. Because of her medical condition flying is not likely to be an option.

When this has been done before we have sent a vehicle from London to either Woodhall or Wooley Edge service stations, and transferred the patient to a Yorkshire ambulance to continue the journey.

My first question is - for those of you with better knowledge than I of these service stations - How suitable are they to transfer an emergency patient between vehicles?

My second regards fuel. All of our vehicles carry BP fuel cards - will the non-BP service stations on the motorway take the BP cards? Since the planned RVP is at the limit of a tank for our gas guzzlers, are any service stations better than others at allowing a fast refuel if there are queues?

And lastly for RCC colleagues - is there any benefit of us also informing you that we are doing the journey? How is best to do this?

Thanks as ever for your help!

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Post: # 41529Post delta sierra
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:19 am

I can't help you with the services but I believe BP fuel cards are only accepted at BP and Total filling sites.

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Post: # 41530Post Bob Parr
Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:16 am

I would definately contact HAIL on 08457504030
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Post: # 41531Post Race Track
Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:19 am

Not knowing the area, I would say that there IS probably some dark corner of the services that hide a TO car and would be probably a better location than the main carpark. I wouldn't bother telling the RCC if you are doing a full speed blue light run (thousand go on every day). If it is a slow transfer 10/20/30mph then yes get in touch and ask for an escort. The escort can provide protection and get signals illuminated.

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Post: # 41532Post mondeoman
Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:49 am

Most msa's have a Police post and/or a agent's site where the gritters are based which would be more suitable to transfer a patient.If you call East Rcc they will have a number for East Mids Rcc who could tell you where the outstations are in that area.
I almost certain Woodall has a Police post and MAC depot on the Northbound.
Remember,the motorway can be a dangerous place.

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Post: # 41536Post ukmedic1
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:32 pm

Thanks for your help everyone...

This really is a potential nightmare. we do not know when we will gwt this journey, but we do know that we will have next to no time to find a willing crew that have not worked more than a couple of hours that shift already...

I'll let you all know when it happens.

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Post: # 41555Post TheWanderer
Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:53 am

Most of the MSAs on the M1 are BP fuel stations so you should be ok. There are ongoing roadworks in a few spots that could delay you though

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Post: # 41574Post Northern Lad
Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:53 pm

Checked the BP website and most BP staions in South Yorkshire area are off network.

Woodhall Services is Shell on North and South sides.

Still looking :slh:

PS: Believe Wooley Edge is Esso
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Post: # 41578Post TheWanderer
Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:21 pm

Northampton and Watford Gap are about midway and are both BP. Leicester Forest East is also and all have good filling facilities if you use the LGV pumps out the back. HATO assistance to keep a pump free for you could be arranged by EMRCC if you gave tham a bit of notice.

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