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GP service improves efficiency with new fleet of Toyota RAV4s

Toyota RAV4 SELDOC

SELDOC Healthcare has added six Toyota RAV4 Hybrids to its fleet as part of a conscious effort to reduce its environmental impact.

The company has around 100 member GP practices serving 2.5 million patients in SE and SW London. It rapidly mobilised its services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The six new RAV4s join four existing models, supplied and managed by Fleet Alliance.

The Toyota RAV4 was named Best Mid-Size SUV at the 2021 Fleet News Awards. Read our review of the car at: https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/cars/reviews/toyota-rav4

With almost all of SELDOC’s work in heavily built up, urban areas, cleaner, greener cars were a necessity from an air quality perspective, while the all-wheel-drive capability meant they could be effective all year round under any weather conditions.

The new vehicles have been specially modified to meet Covid guidelines, with partitions fitted between the front and rear seats so that drivers and doctors are socially distanced.

Further modifications included roof bars fitted with green, not blue, lights, signwriting including the essential ‘Doctor on Call’, and distinctive green and yellow ‘Battenberg’ markings for greater visibility.

Matt Abercrombie, SELDOC Healthcare’s finance director, said: “We needed the right vehicles to support our clinical teams and deliver services as safely as possible. With plenty of space for all the necessary medical equipment and enough room to accommodate both driver and GP socially distanced, with internal screens fitted.

“We also wanted the new vehicles to be as green as possible from a clean air point of view and to have year-round capability with all wheel drive. Jonathan Nolan was able to deliver the perfect vehicles to meet our needs. Our drivers and clinical teams are delighted with this vehicle upgrade.”

The RAV4s will be fitted with in-vehicle telematics for better route planning and reduced response times.

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