The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) has announced that doctors are set to fly on board as part of the emergency medical team, raising the bar on clinical excellence and the care it provides to the communities across the Island and in the Hampshire region.
Thanks only to charitable donations, recent clinical innovations at the charity have included the introduction of doctors to enhance the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) team.
South Central Ambulance Service Medical Director, Dr John Black together with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust have been instrumental in taking a monumental stride forward to build the “paramedic physician partnership”, that is essential for a truly gold standard delivery of pre-hospital emergency medicine.
In order to embrace the “paramedic physician partnership”, HEMS paramedics and doctors from the two Air Ambulances have recently completed a 5 day course at the NHS Foundation Trust’s Boars Hill training facility in Oxfordshire. It was delivered by the South Central Ambulance Service, the Air Ambulance charities and Oxford Simulation Teaching and Research (OxStar). Dr Syed Masud, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre Hospital Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital and also Consultant for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, developed the course to provide a gold standard in trauma training for HEMS aircrew across the South Central Region.
John Perry, CEO of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said “HIOWAA has reached a new dawn in reference to its medical practice and delivery. This course is the first of its kind to be delivered to HEMS aircrews in our region. It recognises the benefits of the doctor and paramedic in pre hospital care. It shows the absolute commitment that the Air Ambulance charities and South Central Ambulance Service have to developing and enhancing the helicopter emergency service in our region, providing the highest level of care for patients who need us”.
He went on to add, “- we are extremely proud of our Air Ambulance and its crew. This huge step up to a higher level of capability is thanks to the partnerships we have with the NHS, South Central Ambulance Service and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. But it is important also to remember that our ambitions to deliver a gold star service are wholly dependent, on the generosity and support of the communities we serve”