NEW life-saving helicopter capable of flying at night has been unveiled
NEW life-saving helicopter capable of flying at night has been unveiled.
Thames Valley Air Ambulance unveiled its Airbus H135, which will be based at RAF Benson, on Monday, and it hopes to launch night missions early next year.
The new helicopter, with its specialist night-vision kit, will enable doctor-led crews to bring their life-saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people by night as well as by day, meaning more lives can be saved across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Sir Tim Jenner, the charity’s chairman, said: “Our doctor and paramedic crews deliver an advanced level of critical care to stabilise patients at the scene, identify their medical needs and get them to hospital in the quickest time possible.
“The new helicopter with its night flying capabilities will allow us to extend our hours of coverage and respond to more emergency call-outs, saving more lives.”
Now in its 15th year as a life-saving charity, the helicopter features a full range of life-saving equipment on board, including two ultrasound devices, a blood transfusion kit and an immediate blood analyser, helping to shave off valuable seconds in the golden hour.
The service has recently recruited and trained two new paramedics and three new emergency medical doctors.