The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is at the forefront of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in the UK, attending an average of three potentially life-saving missions every single day, 365 days of the year.
As a Charity we rely purely on public donations. We are not Government-funded and not part of the NHS. We provide the equivalent of an A&E department directly to the scene of some of the most serious and time critical 999 calls in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Our highly trained doctors and paramedics have the ability to administer advanced pain relief, carry out enhanced life-saving medical procedures and give blood transfusions. These interventions and the speed at which our crew can get to patients and get them to hospital, in some cases really can make the difference between life and death!
Every year our crew responds to an average of 1,000 potentially life-saving missions. When we start to fly 24 hours a day we anticipate this rising to 1,500 every year.
During the first year of flying our AW169 helicopter, from June 2017 to June 2018, we responded to 915 missions. The biggest two categories were medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, at 39% and road traffic collisions at 36%. The rest of the missions included incidents such as falls, fires, sporting accidents and industrial/farming incidents.
Of the patients we saw, 72% were male and 28% female – 15% of these were children. Our youngest patient was just 2 months old and our oldest was 96. We really do help anyone, anywhere!