At breakfast club on Tuesday 20th June Dave Winsor, a volunteer at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance gave an insight into how this vital service operates.
You hope you will never need it – but the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is a life-saving charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies.
Operating 24 hours a day, they can be there for the most critically ill and injured people in the region.
When necessary, their medical crews can provide highly specialist care at the scene; they are able to anaesthetise, perform surgery and give blood transfusions to patients. Around half of the patients they treat are taken to regional major trauma centres, ensuring they can get the care they urgently need without delay.
They operate two aircraft – one from their Marden base in daylight hours, and the other from their Redhill base 24 hours a day. This means that no matter where you are in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the life-saving care that only they can bring directly to your side.