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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance staff complete 9,000th mission

Picture credited to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

The CEO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance says he sees their workload and demand for services increasing further in the future.

Alex Lochrane has been speaking to us after the charity attended its 9,000th mission at the weekend.

He's told us the landmark shows just how important the life-saving care they provide is:

“Whilst I recognise the tremendous achievement of having flown 9,000 missions, I must remind myself that every time the Air Ambulance is called out, we are responding to someone in a potentially critical condition who requires urgent treatment before they reach hospital.

“As an independent charity, we just could not do this without the support of our local community.”

Alex says he feels the substantial increase in demand they've seen is down to improving facilities and greater access in times of emergency:

"The growth for us means that I think those numbers were already out there.

"We couldn't always get to the people who needed us most - and now we're able to get to them."

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance began operations in July 2007.

In July this year the charity recorded its busiest month to date, with a total of 244 call-outs.

The life-saving charity has responded to 1,887 missions across the region so far this year. 

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