Air ambulances see major increase in missions

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been tasked to over 500 incidents so far this year.

Flying both day and night, 365 days a year, the advanced Critical Care Team of paramedics, doctors and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care and using equipment similar to that which you would expect from an emergency department.

On average, the Air Ambulance and Critical Care Team Vehicle are called between 4 and 6 times a day, sometimes more.

Emergency calls have included road traffic collisions (19%), cardiac arrest (15%), unconscious (14%) and stabbings (3%).

Nick Thuilliez, Director of Operations at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, has said:

“We continue to be humbled by our donors’ ongoing generosity and though we would of course rather never have to be deployed, it is inspiring to see the life-saving work delivered by our Critical Care Teams.

“Every penny donated helps us save a life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but it is more than that; when you speak to patients it becomes clear that, as well as making a difference to them, there is also a significant, positive impact on their whole family.”

It costs over £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. We receive no Government funding and as such, HIOWAA relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to run the service.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance can be anywhere within Hampshire in 15 minutes and anywhere on the Isle of Wight within 20 minutes.