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Thames Valley Air Ambulance commences night flights

New helicopter launched with night vision

Jane Meredith

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance commences night flights

THE THAMES Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) will be saving even more lives across Berkshire, thanks to a new night flying service, unveiled today (Mon).

The new Airbus H135 helicopter, equipped and ready for night flying, with its specialist night-vision kit, will enable doctor-led crews to bring their life-saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people, by night and day, saving more lives across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Sir Tim Jenner, TVAA chairman of the charity, now in its 15th year, said: “The new helicopter with its night flying capabilities will allow us to extend our hours of coverage and enable our medical crews to respond to more emergency call outs, saving more lives.”

A full range of life-saving equipment is carried on board, including two state of the art ultrasound devices, a blood transfusion kit and an immediate blood analyser.

The TVAA also recently recruited and trained two new paramedics and three new emergency medical doctors, whilst TVAA’s aviation partner, Bond Air Services Ltd, and their highly skilled helimed pilots are also central to the service, ensuring the most effective coverage for the entire region.

Sir Tim added: “We are extremely proud of our air ambulance and its crew, and the high standard of expertise and capability which is a result of the very close partnerships we have with South Central Ambulance Service, the NHS and Bond.

“Our teams work tirelessly each day; not only to deliver a unique life-saving service but to develop their knowledge and training to ensure we continue to advance on-scene patient care.

“It is also important to remember that our ambition of delivering a gold standard service is dependent on the generosity of the people, companies and organisations who support us, to whom we are very grateful.”

For more information about the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, visit www.tvairambulance.org.uk/.

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