5,000th mission for air ambulance

By County Press reporter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

 

5,000th mission for air ambulance

Pictured after the 5,000th mission are, from left, John Perry, pilot Dave Bronniman, Dr Kelvin Wright, Ailsa Montagu, paramedic Vicki Harold, Dr David Sutton and Tony Nicholson.

THE Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance today undertook its 5,000th mission as it took an Island heart patient over to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

The elderly male, who was a primary percutaneous coronary intervention patient, was taken from the new helipad at St Mary's Hospital over to Portsmouth for treatment.

To mark the milestone, members of the air ambulance crew gathered together with charity patron Ailsa Montagu, chairman Tony Nicholson and chief executive John Perry for a photoshoot on the helipad at Southampton General Hospital.

The achievement coincided with the appointment of Dr David Sutton to the newly created role of clinical governance lead. He will be involved in training of all medical crew members and also advise the charity on all medical matters, especially pre-hospital emergency medicine.

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by Joann Hodgson

4th April 2014, at 12:50:30

I'm sure this 5000th patient is my father as he has been admitted to the QAH with heart problems.

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by Neil King

3rd April 2014, at 21:50:17

Did the patient win a prize for being 5000th customer?

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by Mandy West

3rd April 2014, at 14:20:11

This is nothing to be proud of. It represents the chipping away of services here on the Isle of Wight. My in-laws were both treated here for very serious conditions. Recently friends of mine have had to be taken to mainland hospitals for those same treatments. They have been isolated from their friends and family who cannot afford to visit. They have also had to find their own way home again on discharge from hospital often while still very poorly. We have a large aging population here with many visitors coming over, lots of whom are retired. And to top all of that, we have an air ambulance which has to rely on charitable contributions to provide what's become an essential service.

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