Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.
The charity owns a H145 helicopter based at the RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire, and an EC135 based at the Strensham airbase in Worcestershire. Meanwhile the organisation leases a third aircraft situated at the Tatenhill Airfield airbase in Staffordshire.
The three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two critical care paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, the maximum flying time to hospital from anywhere in the region is less than 15 minutes.
In addition to the three helicopters, the charity runs a critical care car in the Birmingham and Black Country area. A critical care paramedic on board is tasked to some of the most severe medical conditions in the area, including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes, respiratory issues and sepsis.
In partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) and with South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST), Midlands Air Ambulance Charity provides the best pre-hospital medical care whenever and wherever needed.
The team on the airdesk at WMAS provides a vital service in reviewing the 999 calls received and identifying the incidents where the charity can add value to patient care. Using the very best clinical techniques and operating standards, the organisation attends up to six missions per day.
The advanced skills of the doctor-led aircrew allows them to perform procedures at the scene of an incident, including where required anaesthetic and amputation. These processes would otherwise only be possible in the hospital environment, potentially improving a patient’s overall recovery and, in some circumstances, even meaning the difference between life and death.
Since 1991, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has proudly undertaken over 50,000 missions, saving countless lives. To enable the charity to do this, and reinvest in the future of patient care, it needs to raise in excess of £9 million per year to remain operational.