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Devon Air Ambulance Trust celebrates 2014 - letter to editors

Posted by on December 29th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Operational, Patients

Devon Air Ambulance Trust celebrates 2014 - letter to editors

At the end of every year, when we step back and look at what we have achieved I am always astounded at the amazing things that the community and businesses alike do in order to ensure their Air Ambulances have enough funding to keep flying. Thank you so much for your continued support.

This year has been yet another extraordinary one not only from a fundraising perspective but also in relation to operational developments.

We became truly independent in 2014.  The Charity through, its Trading Company, already owns both of our EC135 helicopters but in the past always relied on an external...

ABode gives Christmas Cheer to Air Ambulance Crew

Posted by on December 23rd 2014 in business on board, General charity, Operational

ABode gives Christmas Cheer to Air Ambulance Crew

There are many people who work over the Christmas and New Year period, due to the nature of their job.  Devon Air Ambulance crews, along with all other ambulance and emergency services are no different.

Heléna Holt, Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “I would like to thank Matt Collins and Michael Caines of ABode who have gone that extra mile and are cooking and delivering our Exeter on duty crew with a special festive lunch on Christmas Day. This is an amazing and generous thing to do and really does encompass the true spirit of Christmas, where we...

Help us make night time flight time - Torbay

Posted by on August 7th 2014 in Fundraising, Operational

Roy Rowden

Did you know that Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) doesn’t respond to incidents when it’s dark? There are a lot of people that think we are available all the time, but the reality is, mostly due to cost but also to operating restrictions, it is not.  But the great news is that, thanks to you, our service could soon be available into the night.

The Charity which funds the two Air Ambulance service is committed to continually improving and developing its service and has set a target to extend flying hours to 10pm all year around from 2016, with a further extension...

Six month stats released

Posted by on July 17th 2014 in Operational

Nigel Hare - Operations Director

?The statistics below relate to 1 January to 30 June 2014, as prepared by Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

  • We have been deployed to 534 incidents and treated 431 patients
  • Trauma = 45%, Medical = 54%, Inter Hospital Transfers (IHT’s) 1%
  • The busiest hour of the day for us to be called out is between 2pm and 3pm
  • The busiest day of the week has been Sunday
  • 12% of patients were not accessible by road
  • 35% of patients have been female, 65% male
  • 12% of our patients were children under 18, 88% were adult
  • 24% of the patients we conveyed we did so bypassing...

Why do we go to broken ankles?

Posted by on June 18th 2014 in Operational

If you look at an average day on our incident report (not that there is such a thing as an average day really!) you will see on occasion we respond to patients who we list as sustaining a ‘broken ankle’. As a charity funded service we’re often asked “why do you go to just a broken ankle? Surely that’s just a waste of resources?”

Although we cannot comment on individual cases, with Harrison Ford recently making the headlines after being airlifted from Pinewood Studios by the Thames Valley Air Ambulance with a reported ‘broken ankle’, we thought this would be an...

Familiarisation Training to New Helipad

Posted by on June 12th 2014 in Operational, Patients

Familiarisation Training to New Helipad

Recently there was a significant change in how the NHS manages critically ill and injured children within the South West, with all paediatric services moving to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC). As part of this reorganisation a new roof top helipad has been built on top of the Bristol Royal Infirmary which is linked by corridor to the BRHC. To enable our pilots to be prepared for flying patients to this new facility they have undertaken familiarisation.

We have also taken the opportunity to train with the hospital staff to ensure that the safe unloading of patients on this roof...

VAT on Fuel exemption for Air Ambulances

Posted by on March 19th 2014 in General charity, Operational

Heléna Holt Chief Executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said "We're delighted to hear that the Air Ambulance community has been supported through the budget today with regard to VAT on fuel."

"As we own both of our aircraft, via our trading company, we are fortunate enough to be able to claim our VAT back in any event. But we are obviously pleased for our other Air Ambulance charity colleagues."

We are now fully independent

Posted by on March 7th 2014 in Operational

This week Devon’s Air Ambulances are celebrating becoming truly independent and self-sufficient.

The Charity, through its operating arm Devon Air Ambulance Trading Company Limited, has been awarded their own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), something the Charity have previously relied on other agencies to hold and operate on their behalf.

Nigel Hare, Operations Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “After a rigorous registration process we are proud to announce we have been awarded our own AOC.

The CAA only award this to an organisation once they have clearly demonstrated they meet the all of the stringent operating...

Lend Lease supports Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 7th 2014 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, Operational, Patients

Devon Air Ambulance Trust's Fundraising Director Caroline Creer made a special visit to Lend Lease's London offices last week to collect a cheque for £10,000, raised at the Guvnors Club Christmas Charity Ball. The Guvnors Club is an internal club in Lend Lease which has been going for 84 years and organises various events for its members and raises money for charity..

Lend Lease is the global international property and infrastructure group behind some of London's largest mixed-use regeneration projects, such as the transformation of Elephant and Castle and The International Quarter in Stratford.

Katrina Lamberton, Project Manager at Lend Lease and...

Devons Air Ambulance tends to a patient in Somerset flood area

Posted by on February 28th 2014 in Operational, Patients

Last week our crew were called to the aid of an elderly male with a medical emergency in Somerset. Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance were already deployed helping a patient elsewhere. The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a water rescue team from the Fire Service were already on scene. 

Another job showing the fantastic working partnership of all concerned. These photos show just what a challenge the weather has had in general.

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