Facts & Figures
Literally thousands of lives have been saved thanks to the vitally important assistance of the Midlands Air Ambulance. Here you can find out more about service.
- 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.
- Midlands Air Ambulance has undertaken a third more air ambulance missions than any other air ambulance operator in the UK. Since flying its first mission in 1991, the charity has now responded to over 43,000 incidents, averaging 2,000 missions each year. This makes Midlands Air Ambulance one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK.
- The Golden Hour - if a patient reaches hospital within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased.
- The three air ambulance helicopters are based at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill Airbase, near Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire, and M5 Strensham Services, Worcestershire.
- The charity owns one EC135T2e helicopter, registered G-OMAA, and leases a further two, G-HWAA and G-EMMA.
- 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.
- 90 per cent of the region can be reached within just eight minutes flying time.
- As part of its commitment to patient care Midlands Air Ambulance has extended its flying times from 7am until 9pm throughout the year.
- There are three reasons why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is required:
- 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.
- The patient has an accident or emergency in a remote location that land ambulance crews would find difficult to reach.
- A patient needs transferring to a specialist hospital swiftly.
Types of missions
|West Midlands||Shropshire||Staffordshire||Herefordshire &|
|Sport & Leisure||8%||11%||13%||12%||28%|
|Road Traffic Accidents||46%||31%||34%||32%||19%|
- Midlands Air Ambulance undertakes on average six life saving missions each day, 365 days a year.
- Every year Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew attend over 1,000 road traffic accidents on some of the most congested motorway networks in the country.
- 20 per cent of the accidents attended by Midlands Air Ambulance relate to sporting injures.
- The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.
- On average Midlands Air Ambulance airlifts a child every four days.
- Industrial and agricultural incidents total two per cent of the service’s annual call-outs.
- 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.
- Please note, these are some of the costs:
- Flight suit = £350
- Ventilator = £4,000
- Life pack = £15,000 (to include heart monitor, defribulator, oxygen etc.)
- Helmet = £1,500
- RTC helmet = £100
- Safety boots = £100
- High vis jacket = £250
- Response bag = £600 for a pair
- Midlands Air Ambulance has approximately 8,000 collection tins in circulation, and in 2015 the collection tins raised £400,000, which will cover the cost of fuel across the three aircraft for the whole of 2016.