Newly designed ambulance revealed and ‘named’ in Norwich

From left to right: Paul Henry, Lady Jane Grosvenor and Mark Wibberley

A new ambulance has been given the name of the Lady Jane Grosvenor in a naming ceremony in Norfolk today.

Lady Jane Grosvenor joined crews at Longwater ambulance station for the unveiling of a new ambulance in her name.

Lady Jane is a Trustee for the First Light Trust which supports the Armed Forces and Emergency Service for members of staff suffering with metal health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and others.

She joined members of staff, who were also invited to attend on the day, to witness the unveiling of the new ‘Lady Jane Grosvenor’ ambulance.

Lady Jane said: “My connections with the armed forces and emergency services go back to when I was growing up and everyone I went to school with, and grew up with, joined into the services.

“These wonderful people see everything. They are the first to arrive, they help on scene and make life normal for the rest of us.

“I want to thank the East of England Ambulance Service for inviting me and thank them for everything they do.”

After the unveiling, Lady Jane was invited to take a look around the new ambulance which has been designed in collaboration with EEAST staff with the aim of increasing benefits to staff and patients, which include;

For staff, the new ambulance is safer by design. The equipment has been relocated nearer the clinician to allow then to deliver high quality care, whilst using a seatbelt much more often, and there is a lot more space to allow crews the ability to move around the patient where required.

For patients, the vehicle design puts them in the centre allowing relatives or parents to remain with the patient whilst clinical care is delivered. The new equipment also means that the patient can be loaded smother and faster than on our current ambulance, improving their experience.

(From left to right: Mark Wibberley, Lady Jane Grosvenor and Mark Wrigley)

Paul Henry, Deputy Director of Operations Support said: “We were delighted to have Lady Jane visit our Longwater station to see the unveiling of the new vehicle.

“The operational and production teams were able to show her all the great benefits the new vehicles have and we’re looking forward to getting the new ‘Lady Jane Grosvenor’ and the rest of our new fleet out on the road to start helping patients.”

Know someone interested in joining the team that working on the new fleet, both on the ground and behind the scenes? All vacancies, including roles in the new or recently refurbished Make Ready centres, are listed on our website at

Published 26th July 2019

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