Hampshire’s air ambulance reaches 4,000th mission mark

BUSY The air ambulance
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DOCTORS and paramedics on the area’s air ambulance have clocked up their 4,000th mission.

The crew was called to a patient on the Isle of Wight who needed urgent transport to Southampton General Hospital.

This involved a night landing at the hospital – something which the air ambulance has only recently began doing.

As reported in The News, the air ambulance trust has put more doctors on board the air ambulance who are trained to deal with
pre-hospital emergency medicine.

It means people have a greater chance of survival when they have suffered major trauma and time is critical in getting them to hospital.

They have also extended their flying shifts to 12 hours and are carrying out more night missions between lit helipads at hospitals.

John Perry, the chief executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, said: ‘We are enormously pleased to announce this milestone in the life of this vital charity.

‘With doctors flying more frequently on board, the air ambulance can bring enhanced pre-hospital skills directly to the patient at the scene.’

The air ambulance first started flying in 2007.

The helicopter receives no funding from the government and relies on donations.

It costs £4,000 a day to keep the air ambulance in the skies.

For more information or to make a donation, visit hiow-airambulance.org.uk.