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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance – a life saving service for all

Between 1st June 2014 and 30th June 2015, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) attended 63 missions where the patient was aged between 0-17 years, equating to 11.35% of all missions.  HIOWAA provides a life saving service across the region, treating some of the most critically injured and sick patients, many of them children, before transferring them quickly and directly to the hospital best equipped to treat their injuries.  For the purpose of clarity, the service offered by HIOWAA should not be confused with the service offered by the Children’s Air Ambulance, which provides a very necessary, but non emergency, paediatric transfer service from hospital to hospital.

‘As our service continues to expand, it is important that the public understands the role that HIOWAA plays as a provider of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the community. The Air Ambulance is crewed by pilots, paramedics and doctors who are trained in advanced pre-hospital care, effectively allowing it to bring the emergency department to the patient.  We provide a life saving service for both children and adults whenever and wherever they need us’, commented Alex Lochrane, CEO of HIOWAA.

In August 2013 the charity rescued 11 year old Robert Wilkinson after he lost control of his scooter.  Robert’s mother, reported ‘The moment the helicopter and staff arrived I felt Robert was in safe hands, they calmed him down and talked him through every stage, keeping a very upbeat attitude until they carried him onto the helicopter.’

Recognising the importance of educating children about how to respond in an emergency and the role of HIOWAA within the community, the charity recently launched its ‘Be a 999 Hero’ Schools and Youth campaign. The campaign will be rolled out to schools and youth groups across the region throughout the Autumn, providing teachers, parents and children with the necessary tools and knowledge to become a 999 Hero and possibly save a life.

‘No one wants to see their child put in the position of having to make a 999 call, but equipping our children with the necessary skills could save a life.  Not only this, but as a charity we airlift around 60 children and young people across the region every year, so it is vital that we familiarise youngsters with our charity. ’, commented Alex Lochrane.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week and attends an average of two to three missions a day, many of them life saving.  The charity receives no government, statutory or national lottery funding for operational purposes, and is entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance                                                      Tel:  02380 333377
Caroline Tyree (Communications Co-ordinator) Melissa Hare (Press Officer)  or

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About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (
HIOWAA is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Using an EC135 helicopter, our doctor and paramedic team can be at a patient’s side within minutes, providing life-saving medical interventions, such as blood transfusions and anaesthesia at the roadside.  We fly 7 days a week and attend to an average of 2-3 missions per day, many of them life saving.

Our helicopter can be anywhere within Hampshire in 15 minutes and anywhere within the Isle of Wight within 20 minutes.  It can land in areas the size of a tennis court and on almost any terrain.

HIOWAA receives no Government funding for operational purposes, and relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives.  As a charity we only receive help through the secondment of paramedics from our key partner, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust – SCAS. To keep the Air Ambulance flying we need to raise over £4000 per day.


Our medical achievements

  • We carry blood on board.
  • We have doctors on board for the majority of our missions.
  • We operate a modern EC135 aircraft.

Our current fundraising aims

  • To maintain the current service.
  • To have a doctor on board for every mission.
  • To deliver full night HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) capability.
  • To deliver extended flying hours, working towards a 24 hour service.

Our statistics

Since the Air Ambulance became operational on 1st July 2007, it has undertaken 6097 missions.  We fly 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • RTC 33%
  • Cardiac/collapse 25%
  • Sports and falls 18%
  • Horse riding 16%
  • Industrial injury 4%
  • Transfers 3%

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