I had the pleasure of visiting Thames Valley Air Ambulance at RAF Benson to see the fantastic work they do in providing life-saving care to the most seriously injured or ill people. Each day an average of 3 people in the Thames Valley region will find themselves in a life-threatening situation which requires urgent, high quality medical treatment.
TVAA is a charity which has been running since 2000, providing emergency medical care for around 2 million people that live, work and travel in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The charity operates 365 days of the year and, in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, they provide 19 hours cover per day. They operate a vehicle which is a vital part of the service and both are equipped with the latest life-saving medical devices. In Spring 2016, they began night operations until 2am across the region.
I was privileged to meet some of the dedicated paramedics and their clinical lead, Dr Syed Masud, who is passionate about making sure that the public receive the best care possible at their greatest time of need. Dr Masud told me that the first 30 minutes of treatment are vital for a patient and has a huge impact on the long term outcome for patients.
Not surprisingly, survival rates are increasing because of this medical expertise.