Friday 19 July 3pm
Gill Ashton from The Midlands Air Ambulance will be here to talk to us about their responsibilty for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional air bases, the maximum flying time to hospital from anywhere in the region is less than 15 minutes.
What is not widely known is that Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. In excess of £6 million is needed each year to keep its three Air Ambulances operational which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with four in ten of those we help funded by gifts in wills.
If a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury (referred to as the ‘Golden Hour’) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.