GPs trial electric cars for rural business

Two Warwickshire GP practices are taking part in a scheme to test how electric cars could benefit businesses in rural areas.

From the left, councillor Alan Cockburn (Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Warwickshire County Council), Robert Gray (British Gas), Dr Kay Bridgeman (Brookside Surgery), Tim Zimmerman (Peugeot UK) and Paula Colin (Brookside S
From the left, councillor Alan Cockburn (Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Warwickshire County Council), Robert Gray (British Gas), Dr Kay Bridgeman (Brookside Surgery), Tim Zimmerman (Peugeot UK) and Paula Colin (Brookside S

The Health Centre in Bidford-on-Avon and Brookside Surgery in Stretton-on-Dunsmore are taking part in the initiative led by Warwickshire County Council, as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The practices have each been leased an electric Peugeot iOn for the duration of the 18-month initiative to use during home visits, prescription deliveries and on-call.

The cars have been fitted with tracking devices to allow Coventry University, one of the project partners, to evaluate their cost effectiveness and see whether they fit the needs of surgeries and similar rural businesses.

Dr Kay Bridgeman from Brookside Surgery said: ‘We operate as a business – and as our surgery is introducing a new prescription delivery service to the local community, this project is timely and will help us to manage our costs whilst maintaining the quality of services we provide.

‘Many of our surgery journeys are very local and cover short distances – whether for home visits or prescription deliveries.

The project has provided facilities for battery re-charging overnight. It should be a very interesting experience for us all – and we will be sharing the results with our patients.'

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