The Charity

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Care.  Supported by You.

Through your support, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced Critical Care Team to sick and injured 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.

It currently costs £15,000 a day to maintain our life saving service, and it is only thanks to the generosity of the communities that we serve that we are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance began operations on 1st July 2007 and our helicopter is based at Thruxton Aerodrome, near Andover.  Our Charity office is at 22 Oriana Way, Southampton, SO16 OYU.

Stronger Together

On 1st November 2018, we formalised a dynamic new three-way partnership between HIOWAA, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), the Major Trauma Centre for the southern region, and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). We are now fully responsible for the funding of our service, with the clinical governance and management of our Critical Care teams of Doctors and Paramedics resting with UHS. Our collaboration with SCAS continues, as the dispatch authority.

Benefits of this dynamic new partnership:

We will step up our commitment to developing and expanding our Critical Care Teams of paramedics and doctors, so that we can extend and improve our ability and reach to respond to patient demand in our region. In December 2018, 7 new paramedics joined the team at Helimed 56. Comprising 6 new permanent recruits, and 2 staff selected for secondment from SCAS, this will bring our strength up to 17, building in some much-needed resilience to our crew models.


Two HIOWAA Critical Care Team Vehicles will become operational, both with new specialist equipment. Since our first Critical Care Team Vehicle became operational in February 2017, we have doubled the number of incidents that we attend every day. In 2017 the Air Ambulance responded to 784 incidents across our community and our Critical Care Team Vehicle to an additional 733.


Working closely with our partners, we will focus on providing our teams of paramedics and doctors with more expanded career challenges that are closely following national trends. This will build on the work we have already undertaken with UHS for the education and training of our specialist paramedics to advanced and consultant level. In addition, we are committed to expanding our PHEM (pre-hospital emergency medicine) doctors training programme.


We will improve the systems we use to collect and analyse our data so that in the future, we will be in a better position to respond to the needs of our community.



HIOWAA are proud members of the Association of Air Ambulances

The Association was established as a membership body for those organisations which form the air ambulance services in the UK. The Association’s membership which represents the majority of the Air Ambulance network is made up of charities, ambulance services and the supply chain that provides this valuable life saving service. Members are governed by a Code of Conduct which formally recognises the integral part that Air Ambulances play in the medical service provision. The success of the Air Ambulance services in providing a rapid response to life-threatening situations has been clearly established.

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