GPs in Falmouth Cornwall among first for electric vehicles day-to-day

A network of GP practices in Cornwall and the South West is one of the first in the country to introduce a fleet of electric vehicles into its day-to-day operations.

Falmouth and Penryn Primary Care Network (PCN) has become the first group of GP practices in the South West to introduce a fleet of electric vehicles into its day-to-day operations, thanks to support from Lex Autolease, the UK’s largest fleet management provider.

The PCN which consists of Penryn Surgery, Trescobeas Surgery, Westover Surgery and Falmouth Health Centre has invested in four Skoda Citygo-E vehicles which will be operated by GPs and healthcare professionals during routine home appointment visits and prescription deliveries.

Cornwall-based Penryn Surgery will control and manage the use of the fleet of vehicles across the PCN which together supports over 48,000 patients across the region.

Skoda Citigo-e iV (Image: Skoda)

Skoda Citigo-e iV (Image: Skoda)

The switch to electric vehicles replaces the PCN’s business mileage scheme, which saw practitioners operating private, heavy-diesel vehicles for business use before being reimbursed for their travel.

The 100 per cent reduction in CO2 vehicle emissions forms part of the surgery’s long-term drive to lower its overall carbon footprint.

Ryan Ohly, Managing Partner at Penryn Surgery, said: “This is a huge step forward for the surgeries across the PCN and our commitment to operating more sustainably.

“GPs and healthcare practitioners make relatively short journeys of up to 30miles a day to visit our patients, so it appeared a no brainer to explore switching to low-emission vehicles to streamline our operations and help to reduce our carbon footprint.

Read more: Falmouth Packet

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