Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) throughout the county and beyond, delivering the best medical care possible to anybody who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire.
Their paramedics are trained in Critical Care skills, enabling them to perform enhanced procedures and administer additional pain relief and medication. The air ambulance can be ready for take-off in just two minutes and reach anywhere in Wiltshire within nine minutes. The speed of the helicopter, along with the skill of the crew, can make the difference between life and death.
The air ambulance can fly up to 19 hours a day and attends, on average, 2-3 potentially lifesaving missions a day. Since first flying in 1990 they have attended almost 15,000 emergencies, and they are called to all kinds of incidents, from road traffic collisions to cardiac arrests, child-related emergencies to horse riding and cycling injuries. These incidents are not just in Wiltshire but in neighbouring counties as well (12% of callouts are outside the county).
On board the aircraft is all the kit you would find on a land ambulance, with extra specialist equipment and medication to enable the crew to provide the best medical care possible – in effect, bringing a mobile A&E to the people of Wiltshire.
Until January 2015 the charity was able to share a helicopter with the police authority, but that is no longer possible with the result that it has had to acquire its own helicopter. The cost of providing the service has increased from £700,000 to £2.5 million per year, and the charity relies totally on the generosity and support of individuals, groups and businesses in the local community. Every penny donated helps fund this critical, life-saving work.
This is a charity has the potential to save the life of anybody in the county Given that WAA has had this huge increase in revenue imposed on it I have decided that this charity warrants support. For full details go to their website: www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk .
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