The mobile laboratory clinic was requested in conjunction with a Tuberculosis Out-Reach project in Ghana. The client was considering a 'van with digital x-ray (not supplied by TGS) to be used as a mini-mobile laboratory and they would be setting up their own GeneXpert computer for use.'
Upon deciding to use the Hiace Commuter for this conversion, the client gave us their specific requirement, how they planned to use it and a list of the options they wished included. This conversion was made to their specific needs, and where we could satisfy the requirement we did. Through consultation with our parts and conversion department, the best fit was decided, including a worktop with storage cupboard beneath and a fridge to transport medicines. Benches were included to seat patients in consultation and travelling staff, with storage provided in the long bench. A hand basin is included at the rear of the van, with the first aid kit and fire extinguisher fitted for ease of use. Interior lights are featured in the rear compartment which, although separated, has a window allowing conversation between driver and the rear occupant/s.
The mobile clinic also features a PA system and beacon, part of our basic ambulance conversion and a petrol generator that offers the power supply for the electrics within the rear when the vehicle is switched off.
For their requirement the client requested a roof rack fitted to the vehicle. It has been placed so that it does not interfere with the beacon and the air-vent that protrude from the roof. For the comfort of the passengers the rear windows have had tinted heat reflective film added.
A versatile and comfortable vehicle for use as a clinic with its' spacious interior and doors that open wide, the Hiace Commuter has proven a suitable alternative to our line-up of mobile workshops.