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Private air ambulance service forced to close

Filed under: Air Ambulances Abroad — Posted by: Richard on February 2, 2012

The Bermuda Air Medivac (BAM) service, the island’s only such resident service has been forced to close down, after not flying for three months.

There are hopes that the service can be revived in the future, but with so little need presently, it is not clear where the funding will come from. Should tourists have an accident or injury whilst on the island, overseas transportation will have to be conducted by private air ambulances brought in.

These are likely to come from the US, though it is possible that for ease of repatriation to the UK and Europe, they could come directly to the island.

The BAM service was originally set up in 2005, following a £2 million donation from resident philanthropist David Barber. In its life, it flew hundreds of patients to hospitals across the Caribbean and in North America, for immediate treatment and on passage through other carriers.

Talks are continuing for the BAM service to get flying again, whilst the company also own the Cessna jet they have been using.

Having a locally based service is seen as preferable by many hospitals and medical professionals in Bermuda, though they recognise the issues that the lack of service requirement will bring.

No matter where in the world British tourists are, they are never far away from repatriation services to get the back home in an emergency. Costs vary depending on where in the world the incident takes place of course, though European travel costs are usually met by insurers.

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