London’s Air Ambulance is the Charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London. The service provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury, at the scene of the incident - serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.
Based at the Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service is unique in that it operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night.
The Team, which at all times includes a Senior Trauma Doctor and a specially trained Paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions, normally only found in the Hospital Emergency Department, in time critical, life threatening situations. Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, industrial accidents, assaults and injuries on the rail network.
London’s Air Ambulance has an international reputation for clinical excellence and delivers pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.
London’s Air Ambulance was the first air ambulance service in the UK:
- with a doctor and paramedic team;
- to deliver high standard pre-hospital anaesthesia;
- to have a clinical governance programme;
- to perform a thoracotomy (open heart surgery) at the roadside;
- to perform thoracostomy (to drain collapsed lungs);
- to use check lists to improve patient safety;
- with air & land based response; and to provide 24 hour cover.
Elite Insurance Company Limited support many other charities such as Help for Heroes, Breast Cancer UK, Children In Need and Comic Relief.
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