The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies.
They operate 24 hours a day, ensuring they can be there for the most critically ill and injured people in the region.
Their medical crews can provide highly specialist care at the scene – when necessary, they can anaesthetise, perform surgery and give blood transfusions and following treatment, they can airlift patients directly to the hospital that can best care for them going forward.
Around half of the parents they treat are taken to regional major trauma centres, ensuring they can get the care they so urgently need without delay.
They operate two aircraft – one from their Marden base in daylight hours, and the other from their Redhill base 24 hours a day. Crew members are highly skilled doctors and paramedics trained in advanced pre-hospital care. Specialist clinical procedures normally only available in A & E, can be delivered to the patient at the scene. The Air Ambulance is deployed by one of their own paramedics working on the HEMS desk at the 999 control centre. This means that no matter where you are in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the life-saving care that only they can bring directly to your side.
The charity relies almost entirely on donations and fundraising and without this kind support, they simply could not continue their life-saving work.
Introducing the new Agusta Westland AW169 Helicopter
The charity has replaced one of its aircraft with an Agusta Westland AW169. Flying faster, further and for longer, it enables them to reach, treat and deliver their patients to hospital even faster.
Similar in size to their existing aircraft externally, the AW169 has a significantly larger cabin, improving in-flight access to patients. It also offers the potential to carry out interventions inside the aircraft whilst at the scene, rather than outside – this can only be better for patients, particularly in adverse weather conditions.
- Two helicopters, covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex
- Redhill – fly with 2 pilots, 1 doctor and 1 paramedic – 24 hours a day
- Marden – fly with 1 pilot, 1 doctor and 1 paramedic – daylight hours
- Can reach any part of the region within 20 minutes
- Fly at average speed of 150mph at 500 to 1,500 ft
- Attend four to six emergencies every day, 365 days a year, day and night
- Carry blood and plasma
For more information on the work of the The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust visit their website: www.kssairambulance.org.uk