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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust is a registered charity providing an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.
We began operating in 1990 and the helicopter and crew have saved countless lives. The charity shared a helicopter with Wiltshire Police for 24 years, but began operating as a stand-alone air ambulance from 2015 using a Bell 429 helicopter.
It costs £4.5 million a year to keep the lifesaving service operational, which equates to more than £12,000 per day.
The charity receives no regular direct funding from the Government or National Lottery grants, so relies on the generous donations from the public and local businesses to raise the vital funds needed.
Our aircrew are operational up to 19 hours a day, every day, and is called to, on average, three incidents a day in its helicopter and two critical care cars.
Our paramedics are trained in critical care skills and, together with the specialist medical equipment they use, it enables them to deliver gold standard medical care to patients. Since November 2021, our clinical delivery was enhanced by further increasing the number of pre-hospital consultant (doctors) shifts on the rota.
From our airbase in Semington, near Trowbridge, our helicopter can reach anywhere within Wiltshire in 11 minutes, or to the centre of Bath in just four minutes. When the helicopter is unavailable (eg bad weather or maintenance), the aircrew will respond to emergencies by road in one of our two critical care cars.
You’re naïve; you never think you’ll need the service and then suddenly something happens.
We knew Wiltshire Air Ambulance was a charity but we didn’t realise it costs around £11,000 a day to carry out their lifesaving work. It’s such an important service and that’s why it’s vital they receive as much support as possible.
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