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 receive no direct Government funding 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.
In 2019, we responded to 959 missions. Of those, 846 missions took place during the day and 113 missions were at night. The biggest two categories were medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, at 41% and road traffic collisions at 39%. The rest of the missions included incidents such as falls, fires, sporting accidents and industrial/farming incidents.
Of the patients we saw, 641 were in Lincolnshire and 259 were in Nottinghamshire. Other missions were located in a number of surrounding counties, including South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. We really do help anyone, anywhere!