Air ambulance trains medics

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THE hospital is going to be brought to the patients.

That’s the kind of service the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity is aiming to deliver, as medics went on a training course to further enhance their skills.

The five-day training course was put on by South Central Ambulance Service and covered advanced practice in the pre-hospital care environment.

On each day lectures were followed with training scenarios, covering subjects such as full general anaesthesia and open surgery in the field, immediate pre-hospital blood transfusion and using advanced ultrasound techniques to diagnose patients.

In addition, the number of emergencies attended with a doctor on board has also increased from 20 per cent to around 50 per cent.