Phil is a serial entrepreneur and innovator who has registered over 100 patents in various fields including automotive, agronomy, fumigation and clean/renewable energy.
He has brought many ideas to life through the development of agriculture equipment, trucks, sports cars, motorbikes and electric vehicle solutions.
The idea of developing a new vehicle concept to challenge the current ambulance is Phil’s most recent brainchild.
International Ambulances is building an all-new emergency ambulance that will be the first-ever purpose-built global ambulance.
As the Chief Engineer of International Ambulances, he says: “In everybody’s life the most important vehicle you’ll use is an ambulance. It gives you that golden hour between falling ill and getting into hospital”
In 2001 Phil severed all the nerves in one shoulder, resulting in an ambulance journey, during which he suffered enormous discomfort and pain on route to the A&E department of his local hospital. He was very aware that this was not due to a lack of paramedic care and expertise but primarily down to the fact that the vehicle was not what he would describe as patient-friendly or comfortable…There and then he started to think about how an ambulance should be designed.
Time passed by and Phil returned to other projects, but in 2015 he had another unfortunate reason to journey once again into the emergency room with paramedic assistance. This entailed another ride in an ambulance and he reflected on it being a vehicle that remained largely unchanged from 14 years earlier!
In fact, it seemed that ambulances had remained largely unchanged for over 40 years and this reopened Phil’s mind to the need for a new type of ambulance vehicle that could bring mobile patient care in emergency situations into the 21st Century.
So the journey began in earnest with reams of research, visiting hospitals, events, conversations, publications (including the foundational research by Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design), understanding the experiences of both patients and paramedics as well as the cost and budgetary needs of health services.
Tags: emergency, Hospitals, patient care
The business plan is on track to have the first production and launch in the UK, initially with exports to mainland Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Thereafter Phil and his team plans to pursue the global opportunity with incremental engineering and local manufacturing sites.