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Filed under: Air Ambulance Organisation News — Posted by: Richard on December 17, 2011

The UK is set to launch its first nationwide children’s air ambulance service in 2012, following the announcement of a new partnership.

A dedicated service for children has been in the pipeline for some time now, with the charity itself being registered in 2005. It will now finally come to fruition with the charity effectively being taken over by The Air Ambulance Service, a huge operation.

Delays have been experienced largely because of the specialist care the medical evacuation of children often requires.

It is a move which spokesperson for the Children’s Air Ambulance, Nicola Howkins, is clearly excited about, saying:

“We are delighted to achieve our long-held operational goals.”

The service will be based at Coventry Airport, very nearly the geographical centre of the UK.

It will ensure children requiring lifesaving treatment are delivered to areas of clinical excellence in as fast a time as possible, and with the minimum of stress both to them and their family.

The Air Ambulance Service is already responsible for two of the busiest such services in the UK: The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

Their expertise will be important for the project and, whilst they are under no illusions as to the specialist care needed, they are confident it will be a success, with the WNAA CEO Andy Williamson saying:

“…hundreds of critically ill children need advanced care and time critical transfers … we will be able to make this an operational reality, (increasing survival rates) and reducing travel times…”

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