How long does it take to get to an incident?
Due to the three aircraft being situated at key locations throughout the Midlands, 90 per cent of the region can be reached within just eight minutes flying time.
What is a critical care paramedic?
65 per cent of Midlands Air Ambulance’s paramedics are trained to the critical care practitioner level. This means they can administer a greater level of pain relief at the scene of an accident.
Where is Midlands Air Ambulance based?
The charity has three helicopters strategically located at three airbases across the region. They are found at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill Airbase, near Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire, and M5 Strensham Services, Worcestershire.
Who does the Midlands Air Ambulance assist?
Anyone and everyone in a critical condition in the region. Midlands Air Ambulance airlifts those in the greatest need for treatment at the scene of an incident, and those who need specialist hospital treatment quickly, as the helicopters can transfer patients to the most appropriate hospital in under 15 minutes.
How long does it take to get airborne when a call comes in?
On receiving an emergency call, one of the medical aircrew will take notes on the nature of the incident and the co-ordinates for the location. The pilot, two paramedics, or paramedic and flight doctor can be airborne in just two minutes. Once in the air it is the role of the medical crew aboard to assist the pilot with navigation, and on arrival at the scene, the pilot pinpoints the optimal landing site for patient care and safety.
How many people can each helicopter carry?
The three aircraft each carry a crew comprising a pilot and two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. The service operates with 100 per cent doctor coverage out of the RAF Cosford airbase. Each helicopter can take one patient lying down.
What is the definition of HEMS?
HEMS basically translates as Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is a HEMS operation.
How many missions does Midlands Air Ambulance undertake each year?
The service averages 2,000 missions each year, and since 1991 has carried out over 46,000 air ambulance missions, a third more than any other air ambulance operator in the UK. This makes Midlands Air Ambulance one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK.
What is the Golden Hour?
If a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased.
Where does the Midlands Air Ambulance operate?
Midlands Air Ambulance serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK. This includes the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire; representing a population in excess of 6 million.
What type of helicopter does the charity use?
The charity owns one EC135T2e helicopter, registered G-OMAA, and leases a further two from its aviation partners, Babcock Mission Critical Services, these are named G-HWAA and G-EMMA.
What happens at the accident scene?
The pilot often has to land in some of the most challenging of environments, from rural areas to congested motorways and urban areas. It’s the role of the pilots to navigate through the region’s busy airspace to get the aircrew to the patient in the quickest time possible. Once at the scene, the doctors and paramedics will assess and treat the patient, identifying the most appropriate hospital to transfer them to for their condition. The patient is then placed on-board and quickly taken to receive the specialist treatment for their illness.
How many hours a day does Midlands Air Ambulance fly?
Across the three airbases, the aircrew fly between 7am until 9pm. Cosford runs between 7am and 7pm, Strensham covers 9am until 9pm and Tatenhill runs from 8am until 8pm.
Why would the Midlands Air Ambulance be deployed?
There are three reasons why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is required: 1) The accident or injury is so severe that the patient needs to be taken to the most appropriate specialist trauma hospital within the all important ‘Golden Hour’, or requires urgent medical attention from the doctors and critical care paramedics who can administer greater pain relief at the scene. 2) The patient has an accident or emergency in a remote location that land ambulance crews would find difficult to reach. 3) A patient needs transferring to a specialist hospital swiftly.
How does Midlands Air Ambulance work with the land ambulance (West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust)?
The charity has an excellent working relationship with WMAS. While the charity pays for the paramedics and doctors on board the aircraft, they are employees of the ambulance service.
How many missions does the service carry out each day?
The aircrews undertake on average six lifesaving missions each day, 365 days a year.
What types of incidents are attended?
  1. Every year Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew attend over 1,000 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country.
  2. 20 per cent of the accidents attended by Midlands Air Ambulance relate to sporting injures.
  3. The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.
  4. On average Midlands Air Ambulance airlifts a child every four days.
  5. Industrial and agricultural incidents total two per cent of the service’s annual call-outs.
How much does it cost to run Midlands Air Ambulance Charity?
Each year it costs in excess of £7 million to maintain the three aircraft and the provision of a life saving service. Each air ambulance mission costs an average of £2,500.The charity receives no funding from the Government or National Lottery so relies entirely on the support and generosity of local people and businesses.
Does the charity have any collection tins?
Midlands Air Ambulance has approximately 8,000 collection tins in circulation, and in 2015 the collection tins raised £350,000, which will cover the cost of fuel across the three aircraft for the whole of 2016.
How can I support the charity?
There are many ways you can support the lifesaving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, from taking part in one of our events, and choosing to volunteer, to becoming a regular donor or donating items to our charity shops, your contribution is hugely appreciated by everyone at the charity. Check out the ‘How To Support Us’ section of our website to find out more.
OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed 1991-2017 over 47,000 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.