Since its foundation in 2000, the charity has expanded to provide a 365 day a year service covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. In August 2007, we took on Bedfordshire. Unbelievably, this means we cover an area approximately 11% of the total area of England.
With the assistance of the NHS Ambulance Trust and the Magpas Emergency medical team, our second Air Ambulance is now covering Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. MAGPAS is a charity based in Cambridge, supplying highly trained volunteer doctors to assist the NHS Trust paramedics fly on the second Air Ambulance five days a week. The East Anglian Air Ambulance is currently paying for the NHS Trust paramedics on the second helicopter.
We fly an average of 4 missions per day. It’s our job to get patients to hospital within the “Golden Hour”, and in an air ambulance that journey will take only minutes, greatly increasing patients’ chances of making a full recovery.
Here in East Anglia we need an air ambulance more than ever. Our roads are getting increasingly congested, leading to ever more road traffic accidents – which already make up more than 50% of our work. We are considered the most rural area in England with accidents occurring in remote locations not easily accessible by land ambulances.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance and MAGPAS are both charities, relying on donations from the public to continue services.