Midlands Air Ambulance extends operational hours

As a further commitment to patient care Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) is today announcing an extension of the operating hours of their fleet of three air ambulances, commencing from April 1st 2013.

The helicopters which are strategically located at airbases in Tatenhill, Staffordshire, Strensham Services in Worcestershire and RAF Cosford in Shropshire, already operate in daylight hours across a shift pattern that ensures there is always availability of an aircraft during daylight hours.

The announcement today will ensure that all three of the MAAC fleet will be available across all airbases for extended hours throughout the summer months.

Hanna Sebright, CEO said “The announcement today demonstrates our commitment to patient care and the Helicopter Emergency Response Service (HEMS). The decision was taken after working with air operations to better understand patient outcomes from the previous 12 months data on Midlands Air Ambulance life saving missions. After assessing these outcomes it was agreed that extended flying hours would have a positive impact on saving lives thereby improving patient outcomes”.

Hanna added, “This represents an additional  operating cost of £50,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which would not be possible without the generous support of public and local businesses. “

The charity continues to make plans to introduce night operations to reach those who need urgent medical treatment during the hours of darkness.  In collaboration with MAAC, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands Care Team using a Major Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) night response vehicle providing equivalent clinical expertise, so far indicates that there continues to be a need for the provision of the Midlands Air Ambulance during night time hours in serious trauma incidents.

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.