Donations allow increase in air ambulance cover

Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are set to benefit after public donations have allowed the air ambulance service to be increased.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can currently access five helicopters that can respond to patients with serious injuries.

And the air ambulance cover has been extended to make the air medics available seven days a week from 7am to 9pm.

Hanna Sebright, Charity Director for Midlands Air Ambulance, added:

“This increase in operational flying hours is fantastic news and will directly result in more lives being saved.  The fact that we are now able to do this is due to the incredible generosity and support of the public and the tremendous hard work of our fund raisers.”

The air ambulances are made available by three charities:

  • Midlands Air Ambulance (three helicopters).
  • Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (one helicopter).
  • Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (one helicopter)

None of the organisations recieve funding from the government and can only keep their aircraft in the skies with the help of voluntary donations from individuals, local companies, organisations and communities.

Steve Wheaton, Regional Head of Specialist Operations for West Midlands Ambulance Service added:

“Air ambulances give our crews huge flexibility to improve patient care.  Staff always consider their use for taking patients to centres of excellence where they can get definitive care in areas such as trauma, stroke, cardiac care, head injuries and paediatrics.

“Journey times can be as quick if not quicker than taking patients to local district general hospitals and research shows that in very serious cases, taking a patient to a centre of excellence can significantly improve the chances of the patient making a full recovery.

“Many of the aircraft carry doctors on board who can provide additional skills.  There is no doubt that these aircraft can make the difference to a patient surviving in many cases.”

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