The East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (which covers the Felixstowe area) have been awarded a total of £2.3m from the Department of Health to pay for new equipment and to improve facilities. The EAAA will spend their portion of the money renovating the charity’s base to enable the helicopter to fly 24hrs a day, seven days a week from 2020.
Helicopters can carry more equipment than a standard ambulance, meaning expert paramedics can deliver lifesaving treatment at the scene of an incident that would typically be provided in a hospital setting, such as open chest surgery or a blood transfusion.
Therese said: “This is fantastic news. Air ambulance crews provide life-saving support to NHS emergency response teams on the ground in cases where critical care is needed in a short space of time. This funding supports the NHS Long Term Plan to improve emergency care for all patients.”