Wales Air Ambulance Acquires New Custom-Built Medical Flight Helicopter

Wales Air Ambulance is planning to set up a new fleet of medical flight helicopters that have been custom built. And they have just taken possession of the first helicopter for this fleet. The helicopter is an advanced Airbus H145 model and has been customized with upgrades for their service. Two more helicopter upgrades will be introduced within this year in order to enhance their operations.

Wales Air Ambulance to have the Largest H145 Fleet in the UK

Wales Air Ambulance joins two other UK-based helicopter emergency medical services in using the H145 aircraft for their operations. And if everything goes as planned and the two other helicopters are operational, the fleet will become the largest H145 fleet in the UK. Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore will be operating the fleet on behalf of Wales Air Ambulance.

New Helicopter Equipped with Enhanced Capabilities for Better Medical Flight

The H145 helicopters have the capability to carry out nighttime flights. This means the new fleet will help Wales Air Ambulance in fulfilling their goal of providing their service for 24 hours. In addition to night flying capabilities, the aircraft also has more powerful engines and larger cabin space. This means the helicopters will be able to carry out longer flights without the need to refuel. And there will be room for paramedics to carry out treatments.

These enhanced features will be able to improve the quality of medical flight provided by the charity. With continued fundraising efforts, Wales Air Ambulance will soon achieve the goal of providing 24-hour service to residents in the South Wales region. Two more H145 helicopters will replace the existing helicopters owned by the charity. But the fourth will remain an H135 dedicated to neonatal and pediatric care as well as adult transfers across Wales.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Celebrates 30 Years of Medical Flight Service

On April 6, Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrated 30 years of providing medical flight service. The charity celebrated its anniversary with 200 crew, staff, and volunteers as well as patients who have been served by their air ambulance. The first pilot for Cornwall Air Ambulance, Geoff Newman and the first paramedic, Paul Westaway were also part of the service.

First Medical Flight Service in the U.K

Cornwall Air Ambulance was the first air ambulance provider in the U.K. Since their establishment 30 years ago, they have inspired 20 other providers to save lives through medically-equipped flights. The emergency service receives funding from the residents of Cornwall and completes around 700 missions every year.

Since its launch in 1987, Cornwall Air Ambulance has completed in excess of 26,300 missions. To celebrate their 30th year of service, the charity launched the “30 for 30” campaign to raise funds. The goal of this campaign is to encourage people to participate in fundraising events centered on the number 30. For instance, people could raise funds by going on a 30km run or volunteering for 30 hours.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Continues to Grow

During the anniversary celebration, Geoff Newman and Paul Westaway shared their stories and how they decided to begin the charity. Paul Martin, CEO of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, took the time to thank the two men who pioneered a medical flight service in the U.K. Since their launch, the charity has experienced massive growth and intends to further enhance the quality of their service.

Their future growth plans include investing in a next generation aircraft to carry out emergency flights. The charity also aims to provide outstanding emergency care to their patients during the first few hours of the incident, which can be crucial for saving lives.

REACH Medical Air Services to Open Base in Napa

REACH Air Medical Services have made an announcement that they will be opening a new base in Napa County. The medical air services company is currently headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. The new base will be located at the county’s airport. And their 24/7 service will begin from April 2017. REACH Air Medical Services will provide transportation by air ambulance to patients in the surrounding counties.

REACH and its Outstanding Growth

REACH Air Medical Services provides emergency medical transport via air and ground ambulances throughout California. Their services also span across other regions like Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. Their medical air services have been operating since 1987, during which they have successfully transported in excess of 135,000 patients.

Their superior quality service has earned them a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems accreditation. The parent company of REACH Air Medical Services is REACH Medical Holdings, which also owns other companies like Cal-Ore Life Flight, CALSTAR Air Ambulance, and Sierra Lifeflight.  REACH Medical Holdings also takes care of the aircraft maintenance for 7 hospitals and EMS agency programs.

REACH Air Medical Services carry out their transportation using an EC135 helicopter that’s been equipped for medical transportation. The aircraft is attended to by a team of nurses and paramedics specially trained to oversee medical flights. The team provides critical care on board the aircraft, ensuring that critically ill or injured patients are safely transported.

Medical Air Services through AirMedCare

REACH is also part of the AirMedCare Network, which is the largest air ambulance membership network in the country. The network provides memberships for $65 per year per household, which also covers the cost of emergency flights using REACH air ambulance. Members can also get transportation from one of the 265+ air base locations, which are part of the network.

Ex-Soldier Raises Funds for Medical Flight Service that Saved Friend’s Life

Adam White, a 36-year-old ex-military has raised thousands of pounds to donate to the air ambulance responsible for saving his friend’s life. The funds for the medical flight service were raised through a coast-to-coast run spanning across 300 miles. Adam began his run from St. David’s in Wales and finished in Skegness within a span of two weeks.

Funds for Medical Flight Service that Saved Friend’s Life

Adam decided to raise the funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, which saved his friend Jamie Broom’s life. 35-year-old Jamie was knocked unconscious when he fell down some stairs in 2016. The air ambulance airlifted him to a hospital, where an emergency surgery had to be performed to remove blood clot in his brain.

The two friends met in 1999 while serving in the British Army. Adam stated that the air ambulance played a crucial role in saving his friend’s life. So he wanted to do something to show his support for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. That’s when the Long Eaton resident decided to go on the 300-mile run to collect donations.

Adam’s Run a Success

The ex-serviceman’s decision to go on the 300-mile run helped him gain focus while he’s fighting his battle against PTSD. In addition to raising funds for the medical flight service that saved his friend’s life, the run was intended to inspire people to gain physical and mental health through exercise. Adam successfully raised more than £3,600 through his Just Giving page.

Along with donations through his Just Giving page, Adam has received around £1,400 through separate donations. So in total, he has raised about £5,000 to help the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance with their air ambulance operations. The air ambulance charity’s community fundraiser, Karen Carter has expressed her gratitude towards Adam.

New Kansas Base in the Cards for LifeTeam Medical Flight Service

LifeTeam has expressed their intention to open their sixth air ambulance helicopter base in Kansas. The company is based in Newton and provides medical flight service to those in need. The new base will be located at the Citizens Medical Center in Colby, which is in northwest Kansas. If everything goes as planned, the new base will be opened in early spring.

New Base will House LifeTeam’s New Helicopter

LifeTeam has acquired a new helicopter to add to its fleet. The Bell 407 LongRanger is being turned into an aircraft fit to carry out medical flight service. According to the company’s director of business operations Courtney Bachrodt, the base will function with the help of 15 staff members. They will comprise of several pilots, registered nurses, and paramedics.

Bachrodt also stated that the new Kansas base will operate 24/7, with their services available around the clock. In case of severe weather, the company will be able to house their helicopter at a hanger located in Colby Municipal Airport. LifeTeam chose Colby as their next base because they felt that the area was in dire need of an air ambulance.

Medical Flight Service for Colby Residents

Based on the need of the patients, the service will be able to transport them from Colby to hospitals located in Denver or Wichita. LifeTeam currently has its main base in Newton. Their other bases are in Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hastings, and Hutchinson. Their fixed-wing bases are located in McCook, Neb and Liberal, Garden City.

LifeTeam has also partnered with American Medical Response to provide their services in Austin, Denver, and Hawaii. American Medical Response is a company that provides medical transportation nationwide. With their new base in Kansas, LifeTeam will be able to expand their services further.

Medical Flight Service Celebrates Its 10th Year of Service

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is celebrating its 10th year of starting its air ambulance operations. During this period, the medical flight service carried out more than 7000 missions, saving patients from life-threatening situations. The charity will be celebrating its tenth anniversary by unveiling a new logo and extending its services to ground-based operations.

New Look for HIWAA

The medical flight service has also decided to reinvent its look by unveiling a new logo to coincide with their tenth anniversary celebrations. The new logo for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reflects the update in their services, since their air ambulance is now available all day and night throughout the year.

With the update of their service, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is among the first air ambulance operators to provide their services at night. This new look will reflect on the air ambulance and on their new vehicle dedicated for crucial care. Their critical care team vehicle will begin its operations this week.

According to Alex Lochrane, the charity’s CEO, they wanted their brand identity to keep up with the developments in their service. They wanted to update the original logo so that their new look reflects the charity’s commitment to providing high-quality pre-hospital care and transport throughout the year.

HIWAA to Add New Ground Operations besides Its Medical Flight Service

In addition to their medical transport service via air ambulance, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will also begin providing ground ambulance service to mark its 10th year of service. The charity is dedicated to providing the highest level of medical care outside of a hospital while transporting patients to dedicated medical facilities. Lochrane also expressed his gratitude to the community, which has enabled them to continue their services in the region.

Capital Air Ambulance to Extend Its Medical Flight Service Globally

The UK-based medical flight service company, Capital Air Ambulance has made an announcement about their intention to provide their services globally. The company will now be able to provide medical and repatriation services globally with the help of their recently-acquired Learjet 45. Capital Air Ambulance acquired the new fixed-wing air ambulance from Rigsby Group’s aeromedical division.

Aircraft to Perform International Missions Immediately

According to Capital Air Ambulance, the aircraft has successfully completed a mission to India and one to the UAE. It will be able to carry out international missions right away. In addition to this new aircraft, the company would also need more manpower to carry out the additional duties resulting from this expansion of service. For this, they now have 40% more staff members than they did in mid-2016 and should be able to provide better medical flight service globally.

Capital Air Ambulance Equipped to Provide International Medical Flight Service

Capital Air Ambulance’s manager, Lisa Humphries has stated that the addition of the Learjet 45 to their air ambulance fleet has helped them achieve a huge milestone. The new aircraft provides them with the ability to expand their reach globally, which is significant for achieving their expansion goals. The acquisition of the new fixed-wing aircraft is in line with the company’s strategy for expansion.

Capital Air Ambulance now carries out its services with five aircrafts in active service. They operate out of two bases in the U.K. Their staff comprises of more than 100 highly-trained medical professionals such as paramedics and doctors. The air ambulance company is also the only operator in Britain to be Eurami-accredited. The company is currently in a position to provide high-quality yet cost-effective aero-medical service within the U.K and to the rest of the world.

New Agreement to Reduce Medical Flight Delays in British Columbia

Patients suffering from a non-life-threatening illness or injury will now have an easier time getting a medical flight in British Columbia. This change was brought on as a result of complaints by local leaders that air ambulance delays were posing a threat to people’s lives. The British Columbia Emergency Health Services will be making air ambulance charters accessible for a broader range of patients.

Agency Draws up Agreement with North Cariboo Air

The BC Emergency Health Services have drawn up a new agreement to make inter-hospital transfers available for “low acuity” patients. The agreement was made with North Cariboo Air, with whom the agency has an existing agreement for transporting critically ill or injured patients. Now there will be a dedicated aircraft kept on standby for transporting other types of patients.

Previously, less critically ill patients had to be kept waiting because the agency reserved its medical flight resources for the sickest patients. As a result, people who required medical treatment were unable to access the right medical facilities on time. This new agreement will make sure that low acuity patients won’t have to wait too long before getting transported to the appropriate facility.

Complaints Helped Make Provisions for all-Encompassing Medical Flight

These changes came about after directors from Peace River Regional District raised the air ambulance delay issues with health officials in the province. In their complaint, the leaders expressed the distress of patients who require medical treatment but are unable to access timely treatment because of the delays.

In one case, a patient suffering from a stroke had to wait 24 hours before an air ambulance could transport her to the hospital. With this new agreement, the agency hopes to improve response rates and provide essential care to patients in need.

Two New Medical Flight Helicopters in the Cards for Children’s Air Ambulance

Children’s Air Ambulance, the only dedicated children’s medical flight service in the U.K., recently unveiled their plans to double their operations. The charity plans to have two new helicopters in operation by next year, operating from new bases located in north and south England. Children’s Air Ambulance should be able to accomplish this goal using £32million.

Current Limited Infrastructure Means Limited Medical Flight Service

The charity currently fulfills its missions using only one helicopter that operates from its base at Coventry. As a result of this limited infrastructure, Children’s Air Ambulance can only transport one in three of children and babies who require their service. It is estimated that there are at least 1,000 of these cases every year where children and babies require an emergency helicopter transfer from one location to another.

What the New Helicopters Would Mean for the Service

With the introduction of two new helicopters, Children’s Air Ambulance hopes to fulfill the needs of every child requiring a medical flight service. Helicopter transfers can be four times faster than road ambulances, which can make a huge difference for critically ill or injured patients.

The charity will be formally signing a seven-year lease for two new helicopters that would replace their current helicopter. These helicopters are Anglo-Italian AW 169 and will be carrying incubators, which are crucial for transporting neo-natal intensive care patients. They will be able to provide a 19-hour service every day for seven days a week.

Children’s Air Ambulance operates entirely out of donations and fundraisers. They flew their first mission in 2013 and have helped in transporting thousands of critically ill or injured children. For each medical transfer, the charity spends an average of £2,800. They hope to be able to provide world-class helicopter transfer service for children who are in dire need of specialist care.

Cyclist Thanks Medical Flight Service that Saved His Life

A cyclist who survived a serious accident in 2009 has been reunited with the medical flight crew that saved his life. 49-year-old Robert Bryan was left with critical injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, scarred heart, and cracked sternum when he fell from his bike and landed on rocks. The crew from the Great North Air Ambulance came to his aid and provided him with immediate medical attention after which they transported him to a hospital.

Details of the Accident

Robert Bryan was cycling through the Errlington Woods in eastern Cleveland with his son, Gary and his nephew, Darran. He rode up a 15ft ramp, which was a part of the cycling route, but ended up falling from his bike. After the medical team from the Great North Air Ambulance arrived on scene, they provided him with essential emergency care and then quickly transported him to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He then spent a week in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Same Medical Flight Service Saved Bryan’s Mother

In addition to saving his life, the same medical flight service also came to the aid of Bryan’s mother in a separate incident where she got hit by a bus. 75-year-old Dorothy Bryan was transported to the hospital with critical injuries to the head and chest as well as pelvis. Although she was discharged after three months of being in the hospital, she sadly died after a week from a stroke and heart attack.

Robert Bryan expressed how thankful he is towards the Great North Air Ambulance because they gave him more time with his family and loved ones. He visited the GNAAS airbase located at Durham Tees Valley Airport, where he met Andy Mawson, the paramedic who treated his mother.