TONY WILKES spoke about the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a worthy presentation at the ERYLINk Forum in Bridlington last week. His talk provided an insight into the work of the charity and why it costs £7,200 per day to keep the service running.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopters attended 1,024 incidents in 2011-12 with the majority of these being car accidents. They had attended 3 incidents in East Yorkshire over the last two weeks said Tony during the presentation.
The helicopters are usually deployed when time is critical. Tony: “If we can get a casualty to a surgeon within an hour then the chances of survival increase”. Crucially the Air Ambulance can transport the patient to the most appropriate hospital, which might not necessarily be the nearest. Tony recounted a story of a young girl who suffered horrific facial injuries in York, but because the air ambulance got her to Leeds hospital quickly, then an expert plastic surgeon was on hand to treat and ‘save’ her face.
Tony explained that the helicopters would also be used to get to locations that a land ambulance couldn’t. That might be a remote location or indeed be a very busy location like a grid-locked motorway: “We put the helicopters in places – and in weather – that they’re not really designed to go in!”
Tony’s presentation covered everything about the service – The helicopters, the kit they wear, their communications desk, the Crew, the training they undertake, the limitations of the service and its funding. It was a comprehensive presentation with lots of opportunities for questions.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance are available to give speaker presentations to groups across the region upon request – perhaps organised alongside a fundraising event for the charity. It certainly is very informative and interesting.
You can find out more about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at their website. Also recommended reading is the charity’s latest Annual Report which can be downloaded on the website (or by clicking the image on this page).