Helicopter Withdrawal Creates Uncertainty For Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

The Cornwall Air Ambulance chief executive says it’s hard to know how the closure of the helicopter service yesterday will affect the charity’s operations.

This year they have responded to 64 calls on the islands, attending an average of 3 missions per week in the summer months.

The response time is under 28 minutes and the callouts include urgent medical transfers to the mainland for essential cancer or dialysis treatments.

Some of these flights are classified as ‘inter-hospital transfers’, and are paid for by the Department for Health.

Chief executive Paula Martin says: “It is difficult to predict the impact of the closure of the BIH service on the demand for the air ambulance from the islands.

The Air Ambulance will work closely with the ambulance service and hospital authorities to ensure that they provide a service to those patients who need emergency and urgent transfer to the Royal Cornwall Hospital or beyond, in order to receive essential and lifesaving treatment.”


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