James Brokenshire has praised the work of the UK’s Air Ambulance Teams and underlined the importance of London’s very own Air Ambulance as part of National Air Ambulance Week, which runs from 19 until 26 September.
Air ambulances provide a vital method of transporting seriously ill or injured patients to hospital and treated 917 patients in the first six months of 2016. Many of these calls were responses to road traffic accidents, violent crime or serious falls. On average, in responding to a wide variety of call-outs, London Air Ambulance teams perform, on average, 46 anaesthetics, eight open heart surgeries and 8 blood transfusions a month.
However, the London Air Ambulance is a charity and only exists because of the kind donations of generous members of the public. National Air Ambulance Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the work of air ambulance crews, donate money to this important organisation and get involved with some of the activities happening across the capital this week.
Commenting, James said:
“The London Air Ambulance is truly a lifeline for those who find themselves critically ill or injured. Their work has saved countless lives and I pay tribute to their hard work and their bravery often in very challenging circumstances”
“Donating even a small amount of money to the London Air Ambulance will help ensure that the vital service they provide continues.”
To find out more about events taking place as part of National Air Ambulance Week or to donate, click here