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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance sees large increase in call-outs

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As National Air Ambulance week continues, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has revealed the number of incidents it's been sent to has gone up by 62% year on year.

As National Air Ambulance week continues, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has revealed the number of incidents it's been sent to has gone up by 62% year on year.

For the first six months of 2019, the life-saving Charity was tasked to 1,075 incidents, compared to 662 missions for the same period in the previous year.

Staff say the reasons behind this dramatic increase are varied.

However, there are several possible explanations that can be attributed to the rise in numbers.

HIOWAA started the year with seven new trainee helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) paramedics, resulting in the Charity being able to staff an increased number of vehicle and dispatch desk shifts.  In addition, the Charity also points to recent operational changes made to the way the Air Ambulance and Critical Care Team Vehicles (CCTV) are dispatched.

In November 2018, the Charity’s CCTV was re-positioned to operate within the M27 corridor.

New data collected by the Charity revealed this area to be representative of a large proportion of their incidents.

The increase that HIOWAA has seen in the deployments of the three CCTVs now operated by the charity could be partly attributed to this shift in location, but further analysis is required to confirm this.

The charity’s aircraft has also seen a significant increase of 31 per cent in incident responses for the same period. 

The CEO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance - Alex Lochrane - has told us better research has made the rise in workload possible:

"We can only respond to emergencies because of the support of thousands of people from local communities.

"The generosity of people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight means we've been able to strengthen our resources and response to incidents."

Director of Operations for HIOWAA, Nick Thuilliez, said:

“The arrival of our new trainee HEMS paramedics has allowed us to increase staffing levels for our CCTVs and dispatch desk so that, ultimately, we can respond to more patients in their hour of need.

“In addition, thanks to improved data, we have repositioned our vehicles closer to where they are most likely to be needed.

“As a life-saving charity, our patients are at the heart of every strategic decision we make.”

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