Air ambulance to fly more during lighter nights


The life-saving crews of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance are preparing to fly later into the day with the start of British summertime.

The flying medics, who attended almost 1,000 rescue missions in 2012, will now be staggering their shifts with sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance to ensure all five counties have air ambulance cover during the longer days of the spring and summer months.

Philippa Gibbs, airbase manager for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, said: “Combined with our sister service we fly an average of six rescue missions a day and this often increases over the summer months because of the lighter evenings.

“Whether its people enjoying the nicer weather by going out horse riding, playing sports, and walking, or the usual road traffic collisions and medical incidents that we regularly attend, it’s vital that an air ambulance is available to provide advanced clinical care and rapid transport to specialist hospitals.

“Naturally an increase in rescue missions means an increase in costs, with each rescue mission costing approximately £1,400, and as we receive no Government or National Lottery funding we’re hoping that members of the public will continue their generous support so that we can continue flying and saving lives across the counties.”

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance are both run by umbrella organisation The Air Ambulance Service, and work alongside other emergency services at incidents in order to provide the very best care to every patient.

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