MP makes flying visit to the Air Ambulance
December 12, 2011
MP Julian Huppert made a flying visit to the East of England Air Ambulance, at Cambridge Airport on Friday 9 December to hear about its new helicopter and meet the team.
The EAAA is a charity and operates the region’s air ambulance service. Julian was given a guided tour of the operation by the EAAA’s Chief Executive, Tim Page, and took a look around its current aircraft, a Bolkow 105.
He was then given a briefing on the charity’s new aircraft, a new EC135 P2, widely used for air ambulance work in the UK, and which has just become operational.
Julian then met the doctor and paramedic on duty and heard about their work flying medical care to the scene of accidents and medical emergencies across the region.
He said: “I was very impressed with the whole operation. This is such a vital service and proves invaluable in a region like ours which has so many rural or isolated areas which can be extremely difficult to reach by road.
“We are so fortunate to have such a skilled team of doctors and paramedics who are able to reach incidents quickly and provide first-class medical care at the site of an incident. As a former ambulance technician with St John Ambulance, I know important the service really is and the contribution it makes to helping save lives across the region.
“I hope that people across our region will continue to support the work of the EAAA.”
Chief Executive, Tim Page said: “The region’s size and poor road infrastructure can make it time consuming to reach specialist hospitals by road and that’s where our service comes into its own.
“Now that we have doctor/paramedic crews on board, we can effectively bring the accident and emergency department to the patient, enabling us to start the kind of treatment at the incident scene that can make the difference between life and death.”
Julian with the EAAA’s Bolkow 105 and Dr Ed Gold and Jemma Varela, Critical Care Paramedic, East of England NHS Ambulance Trust.