Critical Care in the Air – 24 hour cover

Critical Care in the Air – 24 hour cover

Earlier this year we announced our commitment to provide a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – enabling our crew to respond to more of the most serious medical emergencies and accidents than ever before.

This Friday we will start the transition to provide a HEMS operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fridays to Sundays are typically the busiest days of the week clinically, so beginning Friday the 19th October our HEMS team will provide critical care by air, around the clock. This 24-hour service will continue as we build up to a full 24-hours a day, 7 days a week HEMS service in 2019.

The move to 24-hour operations requires careful planning and significant financial investment; from a practical standpoint, we need additional crew, increased training and additional equipment. We will continue our training as we phase towards full 24/7 operations.

The increase in the hours that our helicopter will be flying means that the we will be one of only three Air Ambulance charities in the UK to operate a helicopter 24 hours a day, ensuring the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have the very best pre-hospital critical care possible, putting us at the forefront of the HEMS arena.

We want to continue to provide our patients with the very best and most advanced critical care possible outside of a hospital environment. Hundreds of families still have their loved ones today because of the fast actions and expertise of our crew and this is something we are extremely proud of.

The new 24-hour, 7 day a week service will initially be for a two-year trial period. During this time the medical emergencies that we are dispatched to will be closely reviewed and monitored to ensure that we continue to provide the most appropriate critical care across the two counties.