The Children’s Air Ambulance’s (TCAA) two new specialist helicopters have carried out their first simultaneous lifesaving missions just days after carrying out their inaugural operations.
The north’s Doncaster based aircraft completed a mission for NHS clinical partner Embrace transporting a patient from Leeds toLondon. At the same time the south’s Oxford based aircraft fulfilled a mission for the Southampton Oxford Neonatal Transfer service (SONeT) to the Isle of Wight.
Prior to unveiling TCAA’s two new helicopters last month, the tasking of multiple missions would not have been possible. This would have resulted in one of the critical transfer requests being turned down.
To date the Children’s Air Ambulance has completed 11 potentially lifesaving transfers during the first two weeks of operation reaffirming the need for such a vital service.
TCAA Director of Ops Richard Clayton commented: “I am delighted to see both aircraft in full operation and helping to support our NHS clinical partner teams fly critically ill babies and children safely and efficiently. The true value and impact of this service is shown in the instant impact the aircraft have had in meeting the urgent need to transport these young patients.
“When both aircraft are out simultaneously it brings home just how important it is to have the two specially designed and clinically equipped helicopters. Just a few weeks ago, when we operated only one aircraft, one of these recent successful missions would have had to be turned down.
“I am delighted and proud to see the impact we are having while working with our NHS clinical partner teams and this is only made possible through the charitable donations of our wonderful supporters.”