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.