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HIOWAA to fund PHEM training programme for doctors

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), in partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), has committed to fund the first four years of a Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) training programme for Doctors in the Wessex Deanery, which includes Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  The programme is designed to provide a steady and resilient supply of Pre-Hospital Emergency Specialist Doctors to fly as part of the charity’s Air Ambulance crew, during both day and night operations.

The critical care team of PHEM Doctor and Paramedic working on the Air Ambulance together enables patients with life-threatening injuries or illness to get advanced medical treatment immediately on scene.

“Working alongside our Paramedics, our PHEM Doctors are able to carry out procedures ranging from open heart surgery to amputation, providing a further depth of medical knowledge and the ability to carry out additional medical procedures before the patient reaches hospital.”, commented HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane

Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive of UHS, said: “We have formed a fantastic relationship with HIOWAA over a number of years and we are delighted to partner with them again on this excellent development for clinicians and patients across the south of England.

“This news follows recent announcements of a significant increase in survival for patients who have suffered major trauma in the region. Alongside other innovations such as a pioneering masters degree in trauma sciences, these are really exciting times for emergency medicine.”

Since the start of flying operations just ten years ago, HIOWAA has been steadily expanding its service to the community.  The launch of night HEMS operations, the carrying of blood on board all flights and the introduction of doctor-led crewing are just some of the milestones that the charity has reached during this time.   HIOWAA’s recent pledge to fund a PHEM training programme for Doctors will ensure that the charity continues to remain at the cutting edge of pre-hospital care.

‘We pride ourselves on the fact that our crews are able to deliver the same level of world-class care that you would expect in the emergency department of a hospital’, continued HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane, “Our PHEM training programme for Doctors is an investment in the future and our commitment to continue to provide the highest standard of patient care to those in their hour of need.”



Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance                                 Tel:  02380 333377
Caroline Tyree (PR and Communications Lead)
Melissa Hare (Press Officer)

Notes to Editors

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Alex Lochrane is available for interview

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

Using an H135, the latest generation of 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.


In early 2016 HIOWAA commenced night HEMS operations and is now able to undertake emergency missions during the hours of darkness, providing emergency medical support where and when it is needed most.

HIOWAA receives no Government funding, 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 approximately £230,000 per month.


Our medical achievements


  • We now carry blood on board.
  • We have doctors on board for the majority of our missions.
  • We operate a modern H135 aircraft.
  • In 2016 we began night HEMS operations, enabling us to undertake emergency missions during the hours of darkness, reaching sick and injured people when they need us most.


Our current fundraising aims


  • To maintain the current service.
  • To have a doctor on board for every mission.
  • To deliver extended flying hours, working towards a 24 hour service.

Our statistics


We fly 7 days a week, 365 days a year, both day and night.

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

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