This week, we undertook our 5,000th mission since we began operations on 1st July 2007. To mark the milestone, members our crew gathered together with our Charity Patron Mrs Ailsa Montagu, Chairman Tony Nicholson and Chief Executive John Perry for a photo shoot on the Helipad at Southampton General Hospital. The significant achievement coincides with the appointment of Dr David Sutton to the newly created role of Clinical Governance Lead, underlining our commitment to further investment in delivering clinical excellence across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Charity Patron, Mrs Ailsa Montagu commented ‘As Patron of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, I have seen outstanding progress within such a young charity, and this milestone is another remarkable achievement. I am very proud to be Patron of such a talented and dedicated team of professionals who provide this life saving service to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’
Our 5,000th mission was a PPCI (Primary percutaneous coronary intervention) patient – an elderly male who was conveyed by Air Ambulance from the Isle of Wight to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. The new Helipad at St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, enables patients with life threatening injuries to be flown from the Trauma Unit at St Mary’s to the Trauma Centre at University Hospital Southampton or to other specialist centres. In an urgent situation the turn round time on the Helipad is around four minutes.
Through the appointment of Doctor David Sutton, HIOWAA will enhance its clinical effectiveness by elevating the training of all medical crew-members (both doctors and paramedics). Dr Sutton will also act as the charity’s principal adviser on all medical matters, especially Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.
Doctor Sutton commented ‘Having flown with HIOWAA as a Flight Doctor since the early days in 2008, I am delighted to have been offered the new post of Clinical Governance Lead. This is a unique opportunity to build on our experience over 5000 missions, and work alongside my medical, paramedic, pilot and Charity colleagues to continue the development of our life saving service. We are entering an exciting new phase for the Air Ambulance, with the extension of doctor-paramedic crewing, night flying and a new aircraft. Alongside these developments, we are ensuring that we are up to date with the latest medical developments to deliver the best possible care to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is simply a privilege to be involved.’