Croydon one of the busiest areas for the London Air Ambulance



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London’s Air Ambulance, the service providing medical care to save lives in the city, has revealed the number of seriously injured patients it has treated in 2021.

Figures show that in Croydon, 92 patients were so seriously injured that they required the life-saving intervention provided by the London Air Ambulance.

Each mission costs £2,290 and each mission can mean the difference between life and death.

According to key statistics, 1,713 seriously injured patients were treated in London in 2021.

Of the 1,713 treated patients, most injuries were caused by: penetrating trauma (35 percent), traffic accidents (23 percent) and falls from height (22 percent).

20 percent of other injuries were caused by train incidents, industrial accidents, drownings and medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest.

The age range of patients was 92 years – with the youngest patient six months and the oldest 93.

dr. Tom Hurst, medical director of London’s Air Ambulance, said: “Trauma can affect anyone – without warning, an ordinary day can become the worst day of a person’s life.

“Our job is to make sure that when that happens, we can get to that patient as quickly as possible to deliver the most advanced treatments that give them the best chance of survival.

“In 2021, our teams were called up 1,713 times, an average of five times a day.

“Thanks to the innovation spirit of London’s Air Ambulance over the past 33 years, we have developed advanced procedures that enable our doctors and paramedical teams to take the hospital to the roadside, from open heart surgery to blood transfusions.

“We will continue to innovate, looking for new ways to improve survivability so that we can continue to help the most seriously injured in the capital.”

The service provides an advanced trauma team, made up of doctors and paramedics, to get to the hospital by helicopter or rapid rescue vehicle when time is of the essence – the expert teams can reach anywhere in London in less than 11 minutes.

The service is primarily funded by charitable donations and is also run in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust and the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Barts Health NHS Trust provides the doctors with financial support and the helipads at the Royal London Hospital.

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust provides the paramedics and emergency infrastructure to broadcast the service 24 hours a day.

Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are so grateful for the support from our NHS partners, but even with their passionate support, we still need 89% of our revenue from donations and the support of generous Londoners find. .

“This need is even more urgent than usual as we face a £6m drop in income over the next few years due to the impact of the pandemic.

“This comes at a particularly challenging time as we need to replace our helicopter fleet by 2024, at a cost of approximately £15 million.

“These two new helicopters are essential so that we can continue to accomplish our mission to save more lives in London.

“They will be more efficient, can integrate new digital capabilities, be equipped for night vision flying and will help the service continue to push medical boundaries.

“London has always supported us in our hour of need, but we need the support of people in Croydon now more than ever to keep our service flying so we can be there for all those patients who need us.”

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