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Air ambulance services

PUBLISHED: 17:32 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:10 20 February 2013

Air ambulance services

Air ambulance services

Regular doctor-led crew now provided

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance now have a regular doctor-led crew to deliver enhanced medical care in their helicopter emergency missions.

With their respective EC135 helicopters, the Air Ambulance charities have provided a service, jointly covering 14 hours per day, 7 days a week, using NHS paramedics provided by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

Now they can provide enhanced medical care in their helicopter emergency missions. A Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) experienced doctor will be available for the critical Air Ambulance flights, which will lead to improved patient outcomes, benefiting the communities served.

A doctor-led Air Ambulance service brings specialist medical skills at the highest level to the patient. At the same time, in support of the new NHS concept for major trauma centres, they will also be taking the first steps towards night operating, with a capability for urgent transfers between key hospitals.

The three partners who provide the service of the Air Ambulance are South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), and Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust (TVACAA).

The continued generosity of the communities for both Air Ambulance charities will play a crucial role in the delivery of the service and their capabilities.

John Perry and Yusuf Firat, respective CEOs of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust said: We are confident that a PHEM experienced doctor on-board Air Ambulances will mean improved patient outcomes. We are very pleased to be able to deliver these significant service enhancements that our communities can rely on, should the need arise.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN GRANT, showing the two helicopter teams working together

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