East Anglian Air Ambulance
For the past few years East Anglian Air Ambulance has been one of the charities that Edward Street has supported at Christmas. Earlier in the year we were pleased to receive a certificate that told us that we had donated £600.
East Anglian Air Ambulance provides helicopter emergency services across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. The service began in 2001 and was initially available only one day a week. Now the East Anglian Air Ambulance operates two helicopters 365 days a year, covering 5,000 square miles and a population of around 2.9 million people. The East Anglian Air Ambulance has attended over 16,600 life saving missions since it began. The aircraft can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes.
The service provided by the air ambulance has two main characteristics, speed and clinical expertise. It performs two essential roles; saving the lives of patients at the scene of their accident or emergency and the rapid transfer of patients to hospital and between hospitals
Air Ambulances are charities, but the NHS provides the highly skilled critical care paramedics who fly with them. Typical incidents for which the assistance of the air ambulance is requested include road traffic collisions, horse riding accidents, cardiac arrests, agricultural and industrial accidents and serious falls. In May 2013 East Anglian Air Ambulance based in Cambridge was the first and only air ambulance charity in England to receive approval to fly night time emergency services. In March this year a new helicopter, based at Norwich, was launched. This helicopter is capable of night flying, has more space and is better equipped to deal with inter-hospital transfers. The chairman of the charity said, “It is the people of East Anglia who have paid for this. We would urge residents of the area to become frequent donators to the charity.”
You can find out more about East Anglian Air Ambulance, the missions they fly and their fundraising at www.eaaa.org.uk.