Childrens Air Ambulance visits Barton Heliport

November 19th, 2012

The Children’s Air Ambulance will provide a national bespoke helicopter transfer service for critically ill children and babies from early 2013. It will transfer children suffering from conditions such as brain tumours, meningitis, and heart problems, as well as their specialist medical care teams, from local district hospitals to paediatric intensive care units across England and Wales.

Receiving no Government or National Lottery funding, TCAA has raised over £750k since the start of 2012 in order to fund the vital helicopter. Fundraisers across the country have now set about raising the money that is needed to fund the important medical equipment that will be placed on board the helicopter to ensure that treatment can be on-going during the journey between hospitals; £545,000 is required to get the service up and running.

The helicopter was unveiled at the end of October 2012 by charity ambassador Simon Le Bon. The Agusta 109 S is the fastest civilian helicopter available in the UK and the size of it also means that medical staff will be able to travel alongside the child. It will be based at Coventry Airport, in the heart of England, so it will be able to get to any location across England and Wales as quickly as is possible.

The helicopter will begin flying medical transfer teams between hospitals in November 2012 – ensuring that children can get the treatment that they need when they need it most. The transfer of children will then commence in the New Year.

As opposed to current Air Ambulances, which fly to the scene of accidents to treat patients then take them to hospital, TCAA will be a dedicated air transfer service for seriously ill children. Vastly shortening journey times, TCAA will enable critically ill children to get the treatment they so desperately need as safely and as quickly as possible.

The Charity is part of umbrella organisation The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS). Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance are also part of TAAS and they exist to provide a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), treating and transporting patients from the scene of an accident.

Picture above:

Back Row L-R Catherine North (MedEquip4Kids), Jon Bentley (TCAA Supporter and TV Personality), Representatives from The Network Fellowship including Jen Pemberton (Co-Founder of The Network Fellowship, third from right), Fred Bowers (Warmguard Ltd), Ghazala Baig (Chief Executive, MedEquip4Kids)

Front Row L-R  Paul Barnes (MD We Are Air), Vicky Bunnage (MedEquip4Kids), Rob Webb (Regional Director, BforB), Adam Tormey (GM Fire and Rescue Service)

Very Front L-R Captain John Tipper, David Reeves (Fundraising Manager for TCAA)

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