London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers a 24/7 advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, is a life-saving service that is vital to the people of Ealing and of London.
I attended an event at the House of Commons to acknowledge the contribution London’s Air Ambulance has made to the Capital over the past 25 years. Since the charity started in 1989 it has treated more than 31,000 patients.
I heard about the work of this internationally renowned service and was introduced to members of its expert medical team. I also spoke with ex-patients who are alive today as a result of the charity’s pioneering medical procedures.
Using a helicopter by day and rapid response cars by night, a doctor and paramedic team can be at a patient’s side within minutes, providing life-saving medical interventions, such as open chest surgery, blood transfusion, and anaesthesia, at the roadside. The charity serves over 10 million people who live, work and travel in the capital and cover the area approximately bordered by the M25 motorway, a geography of 600 square miles.
Just last year the charity treated 56 critically injured patients in the London Borough of Ealing.
London’s Air Ambulance’s mission is to provide our patients with the world’s most innovative and effective pre-hospital care.
London’s Air Ambulance is currently working towards securing a second helicopter and extending its daylight flying operation. While adding an additional £1million to the annual £5millon cost of running the service, the charity estimates this would allow it to reach a further 400 patients each year by air.
It is therefore important to help London’s Air Ambulance by raising funds for them to be able to continue saving lives. You can find out more information here.