Mobile blood donor unit for SANBS to Mobile blood donor unit for SANBS by EVC
2019 ended with the biggest conversion ever undertaken at Emergency Vehicle Conversions’ (EVC’s) premises. EVC is proud to have been appointed by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to partner with them in the design, build and deployment of their first self-contained mobile blood donor unit. The process began in March 2019 following an enquiry received with a very broad scope for a mobile unit. The brief was for a self-contained mobile blood donor unit that would afford the donors an experience similar to a fixed site donor centre as opposed to the traditional marquee set up as utilised by the SANBS. After months of discussion, revisions and 3D drawings the final layout was approved in October 2019. The build began in November 2019 with a strict requirement to be able to deploy the unit in time for the very busy holiday season where the need for blood increases enormously.
The team at EVC rallied together, working additional shifts including weekends and public holidays and were able to complete the build just in time for the launch at the Vaal Mall in Vanderbijlpark on 18 December 2019 attended by senior personnel from SANBS, members of the media and invited guests. Initial feedback from both donors and the SANBS donor team was extremely positive and the fixed site experience was most definitely achieved.
The 15,5m trailer is custom built and designed to incorporate the following sections:
The bleeding room includes the recliners, bed side pedestals and two 49’ TV screens. The whole unit is airconditioned for comfort, fully lit with LED lighting and has windows for natural light. A wheelchair lift allows access for donors in wheelchairs and assists staff in loading and unloading equipment.
The trailer is fully wrapped to match the SANBS corporate image and is a huge mobile billboard on its own.
The unit is powered by 18 photovoltaic panels feeding a lithium ion battery, powering a 10 kVA inverter that will allow the unit to operate a full eight hour shift without the need for external power. A generator is fitted to the trailer as a back up power source in case of emergency.
EVC is very proud to have been chosen by SANBS to build the trailer and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship going into 2020 and beyond.
Emergency Vehicle Conversions (EVC)
Tel: 011 552 8266