Air ambulance carries out its first flight blood transfusion

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THE first blood transfusion on the county’s air ambulance has taken place.

Last month the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) crew carried its first blood transfusion since it began carrying blood on board. It has never previously carried blood and is testing the system.

It is delivered by Serv Wessex, which transfers blood to the air base in Thruxton every 48 hours.

HIOWAA chief executive John Perry said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Serv Wessex for giving up time to help make this development possible and their commitment to save patient lives.’

The patient was taken Southampton following a road traffic incident in the New Forest.