LNAA Team Wins National Recognition

LNAA Team Wins National Recognition

Dr Luke Banks & HEMS Paramedic Alex Walker won the Special Incident of the Year Award at the prestigious Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence, held on Friday, 3 December, at a special virtual ceremony attended by air ambulance charity leaders and team members from across the UK.

The Awards, sponsored by BMW Group, celebrate the professionalism, excellence, and dedication of all those who work and volunteer within the air ambulance community to ensure that people with a life-threatening injury or illness rapidly receive advanced pre-hospital critical care to provide the best possible chance of survival.

They received the award for their actions when they were called to a stabbing.

Dr Luke Banks and HEMS Paramedic Alex Walker, working with first responders and other emergency services, save the life of a patient who had been stabbed.

With the nearest specialist trauma centre at least 80 minutes away the team had to act fast by performing open heart surgery at the scene.

Following treatment in hospital, that patient, who suffered a stab wound that in a different situation would have been fatal, walked out of hospital.

Paramedic Alex Walker said: “It’s a massive honour to even be nominated and it’s testament to all the hard work from everyone at the charity.”

Read more about what happened that night here https://www.ambucopter.org.uk/open-heart-surgery-saved-stab-victim/

Erica Ley, Senior HEMS Paramedic, added: “On behalf of all of the team, we are incredibly proud of Luke and Alex and their work is testament to us pushing the boundaries in this field.”

Simmy Akhtar, CEO of Air Ambulances UK, said: “The nominations for this year’s awards were truly outstanding and are a great reflection of the day to day work that air ambulance charity team members and volunteers do to help save lives and improve patient outcomes.  Their dedication and commitment to patients, families and their loved ones is truly remarkable. I would like to congratulate all of our winners and thank them for their valuable and inspirational contribution to helping people in their time of need.”

In addition, LNAA’s CEO, Karen Jobling has won a Business Leader Award (SME) in the Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Karen attended a glittering ceremony in London on Thursday where she pipped nominees from organisations across the country to win the prestigious Award which recognized her contribution to the successes of LNAA.

Chairman of the charity’s Board of Trustees, Graham Secker said: “Even in the face of difficult business conditions and with several major change management projects underway, Karen has provided determined and enthusiastic leadership and fully deserves the recognition that this Award provides.”

Medical Director Gareth Davies said: “Karen’s background in the military has brought skills, knowledge, passion and vision that has redefined the culture of the service and brought together an incredible team of fundraisers and senior managers. Teamwork and a commitment to excellence in every aspect of the charity is driven by Karen’s innate enthusiasm and strong work ethic. Through her leadership, LNAA is well on the way to becoming not just one of the best AAs in the UK but one of the best in the world.”