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Collaboration between two air ambulances charities saves more lives

Filed under: Air Ambulance Organisation News — Posted by: Richard on February 1, 2012

Two charities, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, have collaborated together during the past year to extend the hours of cover they provide.

The extended hours of cover between April and September last year has meant an additional 75 life-savings missions have been flown.

Air ambulance pilots are scheduled to work a maximum 10-hour shift and by joining up their work rota and staggering their shift patterns the two charities were able to provide a service between 7 am to 9 pm or sunset, across Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The extended hours meant the air ambulances were able to attend early morning emergencies like road accidents in the morning or evening rush hours as well as falls from heights and heart attacks.

The two air ambulance charities, together with their partner, the East of England NHS Ambulance Trust, worked in partnership and achieved greater improved care at the scene of an emergency right across the region.

A great deal of planning went into ensuring scheduling across both charities fused cohesively to implement the extended service and the results have been encouraging. Getting to incidents as quickly as possible allows life-saving treatment to be commenced earlier by the highly trained medical team, and makes a real difference to the outcomes.

It is anticipated that this exercise will be repeated in the forthcoming year and the charities are exploring additional initiatives with other emergency and healthcare providers.

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