2017 Chosen Charity – East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) began in 2000 and is a charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia. Since our launch we have attended over 20,000 lifesaving missions averaging 200 missions per month, touching the lives of many thousands of people. EAAA provides advanced clinical care 365 days a year, from its two bases in Cambridge and Norwich, attending patients with life-threatening injuries or medical emergencies such as road traffic collisions and cardiac arrests.
Operating in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, EAAA are able to provide emergency medical services to a vast area. Our two H145 helicopters, Anglia one and Anglia two, can fly to anywhere in East Anglia within 25 minutes. When necessary patients are flown to the most appropriate hospital for their needs, this is not always the nearest one, but the one that can provide the most specific care.
Our HEMS team on board each helicopter is made up of two pilots, one doctor and one critical care paramedic, and the medical crews have enhanced clinical skills and specialist equipment, providing a lifesaving capability on scene.
We also have two fully-equipped rapid response vehicles for incidents where the aircraft is not appropriate, but where expert medical attention can still be necessary.
It costs in the region of £12 million a year to keep our helicopters in the sky, and as a community-funded charity we rely on the generosity of our wonderful supporters, who make our lifesaving missions possible.
The mission of EAAA is to provide the best possible outcomes for people unfortunate enough to be involved in incidents or medical emergencies. The combination of advanced-critical-care on scene, a quick response time and rapid onward transfer can be vital in saving lives and improving patients’ prospects of making a full recovery. We are committed to delivering outstanding care, quality, and value to the community.
To find out more about the work we do please go to our website www.eaaa.org.uk or follow us on facebook and twitter.