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Morris of Scottish Ambulance Preservation Group
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No: 868   Contributor: Roger Greenaway   Year: 1985   Manufacturer: Morris   Country: Scotland
Morris of Scottish Ambulance Preservation Group

OGA623F 1968 Morris LD/Wadhams ambulance of the Scottish Ambulance Preservation Group, seen in Kirkcaldy,Fife, 1985
Picture added on 04 March 2009 at 09:42
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Could you tell me how many 'beds' were there in a Wadhams ambulance back in 1970? If one, where was this positioned in the ambulance when entering from the back (ie on the right or the left side when entering)?

Many thanks!

Added by C. Glebbeek on 14 October 2010.
The interior could be arranged as per customer requirements.Usually this was a stretcher trolley on the left side, and seats on the opposite side. The seats could be folded up and a second stretcher fitted.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 15 October 2010.
This year of the LD (in Scotland) had two fixed beds. Could carry 2 stretcher cases or 8 seated, or a combination. Later BMC models had at least one trolley cot. I owned this one privately.

Added by Tommy Owen on 25 September 2011.
I have one of these, same year and body type, Reg MYS 881F.It's being used as a camper but would like to find out where it was used and what colour/decals it would've had.At the moment it's white with a light blue stripe.Any ideas?

Added by Dave Murray on 23 February 2012.
The registration is for Glasgow, so I assume it would be the colour scheme as above.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 26 February 2012.
OGA 623F was a unique vehicle, based in Edinburgh at the old Royal it was known as the Mic wagon because it responded solely to patients suspected of having a coronary. Behind the front doors (on the outside) were the letters MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit).
The interior had one centrally positioned trolley and both sides had drawer units and other medical equipment the vehicle was staffed by 2 doctors and 1 nurse the SAS provided driver and attendant.
The vehicle call sign was Unit 1 always good to get a shout on this one as seeing emergency cardiac care was different from normal medical emergencies which were handled day and daily.

Added by D.Dickson on 31 May 2012.
When I lived in Edinburgh the Royal Infirmary's Medic 1 was a Bedford CF. This vehicle I photographed when I visited the then owner in Kirkcaldy, Fife in 1985.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 01 June 2012.
Roger is correct in his response on Medic 1 which was based at the old Royal outside A & E this was staffed by 2 doctors and 2 staff nurses, on a shout the SAS provided a double crew, the attendant drove Medic 1 whilst the ambulance followed behind, Medic 1 at this time did not carry patients so the need for the second vehicle.
Medic 1 provided care for serious trauma and medical cases.OGA 623F was purely for coronary patients, the history of the setup is quite long as this vehicle superceeded an Austin Mini van which was the first Unit 1.When OGA 623F was taken out of service it was given to The Scottish Ambulance preservation group (no connection or funding from SAS) and the main person was a chap called George Shearer who did live in Kirkcaldy I cannot remember why this group disbanded but the vehicle was bought privately by a friend of mine called Bill Butters and the vehicle moved to Penicuik.
Bill subsequently disposed of the vehicle I know not where to, but I can remember driving this vehicle in service mainly because the steering was lighter than any of the other similar LD vehicles which could be hard on the arms.Medic 1 continued to thrive through Leyland Daf to Mercedes Sprinter and to whatever they use now. Unit 1 finished about 1977 either through lack of funding or SAS not willing to provide another vehicle or staffing difficulties.From all of this the encouragement from A&E and CCU consultants resulted in the push for ambulance staff to be extended trained and from 1985 the first ambulance paramedic in Lothians appeared.

Added by D.Dickson on 02 June 2012.
bring these back specially the ones with the rear D window doors. koosti,

Added by on 13 April 2017.
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