The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, launched in June 1999, provides a life saving service for the Thames Valley area covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and some parts of Northamptonshire.
The Trust is a charity and is not funded by the National Lottery but relies on sponsorship and donations for the running cost of £950,000 per annum.
The yellow liveried helicopter is based at White Waltham Airfield, near Maidenhead, Berkshire. It carries a full range of life saving and medical equipment and 2 fully qualified Paramedics. It has the capacity to transport 2 patients with the ability to treat and care in the air.
The helicopter is operated in daylight hours and is on call seven days a week. The value of the Air Ambulance is in being able to bring the benefits of rapid Paramedic intervention to a medical situation in order to give primary care and then airlift patients, if required, to the most appropriate hospital within the `Golden Hour’.
As a small flexible and highly manoeuvrable helicopter, the Air Ambulance can also reach areas that ground vehicles could not, such as remote rural areas, golf courses, railways, canals etc.
The Air Ambulance lands at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough; Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading; John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford; Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury; Northampton General Hospital as well as Kettering, Milton Keynes and other specialist hospitals as necessary.
To-date, the helicopter has answered over 5000 emergency calls within the Thames Valley area, saving lives. To raise the necessary funds to maintain this life-saving service, the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust desperately needs your help. Through donations, bequests, additional volunteers or fund raising initiatives, or join our weekly Whirlybird Lottery, every penny helps.