Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 2,262 call-outs in 2019, compared to 1,429 in 2018; an increase of 58%.
We ended the decade with our busiest year on record, having experienced our busiest month ever in July 2019, when we responded to 244 call-outs.
The largest number of emergency calls were to cardiac arrests, accounting for 28% (640) of all call-outs. Road traffic accidents accounted for a total of 17% (388).
HIOWAA CEO, Alex Lochrane, comments:
“In 2019 we increased our paramedic and doctor numbers and expanded our fleet of Critical Care Team Vehicles. As a result, we are now able to reach more patients than ever before in need of our advanced medical care. This has only been possible thanks to the ongoing generosity and unflinching support from members of all our communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”