The service we provide
How long does the Air Ambulance take to respond?
The Air Ambulance is usually airborne within four minutes. It flies at 140mph and from our Thruxton Air Base it reaches most locations in Hampshire in fifteen minutes. Flights to the Isle of Wight take a little longer. A typical mission lasts about ninety minutes. Helipads exist at Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Southampton General Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital (Isle of Wight) and Portsmouth Queen Alexandra.
Does the Air Ambulance fly at night?
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) officially started night-time operations across the whole of the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region on 16th March 2016.
HIOWAA’s Airbus H135 helicopter, fully equipped and optimised for night operations, now enables the Charity’s specialist doctor and paramedic HEMS crews to bring their life-saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people by night as well as by day, saving more lives. The ability to carry out night HEMS operations gives both services the capability and flexibility to land safely at the scene of an incident, in the dark, effectively bringing the hospital to the patient.
Working in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service, both Air Ambulance services are now able to provide full coverage across the counties of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire for 19 hours a day, 365 days a year from 7am to 2am.
Apart from the speed what are the benefits?
The Air Ambulance is crewed by pilots, paramedics and doctors who are trained in advanced pre-hospital care. This means that the Air Ambulance is effectively able to bring the emergency department to the patient and then take them quickly and directly by land or air to the most appropriate hospital best able to treat their injuries.
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.
How much does the Air Ambulance cost to run?
It costs approximately £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.