Bus drivers en route to better health

National Express West Midlands is using old buses to do new things.  The region's biggest bus operator has launched the Health Buzz, a 15 year old bus that has been turned into a doctor's surgery by engineers at its Walsall garage.

The first of its kind in the transport industry the bus is equipped to perform a host of medical assessments including blood pressure, eye sight and diabetes tests as well as minor treatments such as holiday vaccinations and flu jabs.

The company's 5,500 staff will be able to make the most of this great new facility and see fully trained nurses at their place of work as the Health Buzz tours National Express West Midlands ten local garages.

The vehicle was developed in response to staff feedback through the company's annual employee survey.  The bus operator's staff felt that a lot was being done to keep them safe at work but they wanted more to help them stay healthy.

The business also plans to offer free use of the Health Buzz to community groups across the region.

Bus driver Sammy Khumalo was the first member of staff to use the Health Buzz having his blood pressure and lung capacity checked.

Driver Khumalo said: "I only go to the doctors when it's serious and would never go for a general health check.  I think the Health Buzz is a really good idea."

Madi Pilgrim, HR Director for National Express UK Bus said: "The Health Buzz sums up everything that is great about this business.  It is an innovative project based on staff feedback, built by local engineers and delivering real benefits to our employees.

"The reaction to the Health Buzz has been amazingly positive, we cannot wait to get the vehicle out on its tour of our ten local garages and give our 5,500 employees the opportunity to use its great facilities."

Published 23rd May 2014