What does the Air Ambulance do?
Every day the air ambulance crew provides an efficient, rapid response to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses, and many other incidents. Helicopters are called out on average three to five times a day, and many of these missions are life saving.
How long will it take for the Air Ambulance to reach me?
The Air Ambulance is usually airborne within four minutes. It flies at 140mph and reaches most locations in fifteen minutes. Flights to rural areas may take a little longer. A typical mission lasts about ninety minutes
Who pays for the service?
With no Government funding the Air Ambulance Charites completely rely on the support of generous people like you. Every donation, really does make a difference. It keeps them flying and saving lives 365 days a year. There are lots of ways you can make a donation. You can either make a monetary donation or find out about how to fundraise through one of the regional website links below.
Does the Air Ambulance fly at night?
Some Air Ambulances fly at night. Some counties operate joint police / Air Ambulance and may be equipped for safe night operation.Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance can now fly night transfers between approved sites but not HEMS missions. After the evening rush hour, our roads are usually less congested allowing comparable response time by land ambulances.
Both charities will be flying new EC135T3 aircraft from the end of this year which will enable both to undertake night HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service) missions from late 2015, early 2016
Apart from speed what are the benefits?
One of the major benefits of the Air Ambulance is that patients can be taken quickly to the hospital which is most appropriate for their injury, rather than the nearest hospital. For example, if the patient was suffering from burns, they could be taken to a burns unit, or if there was a suspected head injury, the patient could be taken to the neurological unit. Statistics in Germany show that the average stay in intensive care is shortened between five and seven days where the patient was transported by Air Ambulance. Also there are 9% fewer wound infections, a significant reduction in the number of deaths occurring during transport to hospital, and death from head injuries is down 15%.
What sort of medical skills do the crews have?
The highly trained paramedic crew has a wide range of specialist skills so they can cope with all situations. They are often 'first on scene' which can involve making life or death decisions. They also understand the needs of the patients and their families and will handle everything in a sensitive manner.
Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) experienced Doctors bring specialist medical skills at the highest level to the patient. The presence of a doctor on board the Air Ambulance provides a further depth of medical knowledge and the ability to carry out additional medical procedures.
Five little facts
- TVACAA was the first in the country to carry an I-stat machine which gives hospital accuracy blood results in just minutes
- The HIOWAA helicopter costs in excess of £125,000 per month. Approximately £4,166 per day
- Since 1999, TVACAA has responded to more than 15,500 missions averaging 3 each day
- The Charity’s aircraft carry a crew comprising pilot, a doctor and a paramedic plus full life-support medical equipment
- The Eurocopter 135 used by both of our Air Ambulance partners can land in an area the size of a tennis court.
Links to other websites
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA)
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is based at Thruxton Airfield, near Andover, and their head office is at 4 Kings Park Road, Southampton, SO15 2AS.
For more information about the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, please visit www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk/ or watch their video which provides Information about the work of the Air Ambulance, its crew, and volunteers, and how the public can help to keep it flying and saving lives.
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust (TVACAA)
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance is situated at RAF Benson. It operates across the three counties, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, but there are no real boundaries as the air ambulance is frequently called out to attend emergencies in neighbouring counties when required.
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance relies on the generosity of the people and businesses of the three counties to raise the money required each year to run the ambulance. For more information about The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, please visit www.tvacaa.org/
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA)
This video shows real patients and crew talking about thier experience of using the Air Ambulance service
Air Ambulance ER on Sky One
SKY TV has a show called Air Ambulance ER featuring both our charities. The series kicks off with a dramatic accident. A cyclist with a life-threatening head injury in Oxford, and a speedway racer who is in a bad way after flying off the track at 80mph.
Sky customers can click here to see the show on the 'Sky Go' website