Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Who we are
Ordinary People. Extraordinary Care. Supported by you.
Through your support, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced critical care team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most.
Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance critical care team is called out many times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. Highly skilled crews of Doctors, Paramedics and Pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department. A full range of life-saving equipment is carried on board, including two state of the art ultrasound devices, a blood transfusion kit and an immediate blood analyser, helping to save valuable seconds in the vital golden hour.
From receiving a 999 call, the Air Ambulance can be airborne within 4 minutes and can reach anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes and the Isle of Wight within 20. The charity operates an Airbus H135, the latest generation of EC135 helicopter, which is specially equipped and optimised for night operations. The Air Ambulance is deployed by a specialist paramedic working on the special incident desk at the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) control centre, who screens all 999 emergency calls to establish if the patient would benefit from the advanced skills of the Critical Care Team aboard the Air Ambulance.
Since the start of flying operations on 1st July 2007, the charity has been steadily expanding its service to the community. During this time it has achieved several landmark milestones including carrying blood on board all flights, the introduction of regular doctor-led crewing and the start of night operations. The ability to carry out night operations gives us the capability and flexibility to land safely at the scene of an incident, in the dark. Crucially, the Air Ambulance is now able to land on a motorway after dark, which in the winter months can mean any time from 4.00pm onwards, at the height of rush hour traffic.
It currently costs in excess of £9,000 a day to maintain our life saving service, and we receive no Government or National Lottery funding for routine operations. It is only thanks to the generosity of the communities that we serve that we are able to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.