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Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years of saving lives

Around 200 people packed the hangar at Cornwall Air Ambulance headquarters to celebrate 30 years of saving lives. In April 1987, Cornwall became the first place in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter service. Now 30 years on and more than 26,000 missions later, a roster of crew past and present, airlifted patients, trustees,… Read more »

25-Apr-17

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

The Cornwall Air Ambulance has reached a milestone of 26 thousand rescues. This past Wednesday a young toddler was flown from Boscastle, after he fell off a wall and hit his head, and was taken to Derriford in little over 20 minutes. This young boy was the revealed as number 26 thousand. The air ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance says the doctors will assess patients and make sure they are taken to the most appropriate treatment centre. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 23-Feb-16

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

Derriford Hospital celebrated the official opening of our life-saving helipad, which took place today (Friday 5 June) with its first ever landing of a Search and Rescue helicopter. Special guests attended the event, along with key members of the hospital, ambulance and building staff to celebrate the great impact that the helipad will have on… Read more »

Source: NHS, 08-Jun-15

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust flies at 2015 Cornwall Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust flies at 2015 Cornwall Business Awards

One of Cornwall’s best-loved charities has been celebrated for its contributions to the Duchy’s economy at a flagship business awards ceremony. Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust picked up the Winner of Winners title at last night’s Cornwall Business Awards at St Mellion, beating more than 30 organisations to the top accolade. The charity also won Employer… Read more »

Source: Cornwall, 18-May-15

Cornwall Air Ambulance missions up 5% in 2014

Cornwall Air Ambulance missions up 5% in 2014

Cornwall Air Ambulance saw an increase in missions in 2014, with a total of 713 shouts – up 5% on 2013 mission numbers. Over half of all missions were to respond to medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, medical collapses and several babies and toddlers with suspected Meningitis.One in four missions were flown to patients suffering… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 18-Mar-15

Cornwall Air Ambulance Flies 25,000th Mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance Flies 25,000th Mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance is celebrating a special milestone after taking to the skies for the 25,000th time. The number of people our crews have assisted in our 28 year history is equal to 60 Jumbo jets full! The 25,000th mission took place on Tuesday 24th February in the Gunnislake area, rescuing a mother and baby… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 05-Mar-15

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First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance are on the point of taking delivery of two MD Explorers as part of the next stage of the organisation’s evolution.  The delivery brings a whole raft of changes with a new operator, new helicopter type, dual aircraft working, and (later) a night flying capability.  The Explorers – operated by Specialist Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-14

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New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

CORNWALL Air Ambulance says a new helipad to be built at Derriford Hospital will make a dramatic difference to Cornish patients. The hospital – the South West’s Major Trauma Centre – announced today that £1.7m of funding has been agreed for a purpose-built helipad, which will be in operation by Summer 2015. The announcement comes… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-14

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Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

Local MPs have lent their support to a campaign for lifesaving improvements to landing facilities at the region’s Major Trauma Centre. Cornwall Air Ambulance took its campaign to Westminster on Monday 9th June at the annual reception of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Ambulances. Derriford Hospital is the region’s designated Major Trauma Centre… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 13-Jun-14

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Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

The annual event celebrate innovation and achievement among Cornish businesses. The 2014 awards ceremony was held at St Mellion International Resort in May. Guest speaker was businessman Gerald Ratner, famous for his honest appraisal of his own jewellery products. Cornwall Air Ambulance was recognised in the Best Third Sector Business category, sponsored by the Eden… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 09-Jun-14

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Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

From December, the county will have two night-capable MD902s, and the charity is asking people and communities with potential sites to consider offering them.  See full story

Source: Cornishman, 08-Jun-14

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UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

UK – Helipad at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital unusuable at night

Cornwall Air Ambulance is warning it may be unable to take critically ill patients to the region’s Major Trauma Centre in the hours of darkness unless major changes are made to the hospital’s infrastructure. The charity-funded emergency helicopter will be capable of flying in the dark from January 2015. However the charity is warning current… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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First Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic retires

First Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic retires

The very first paramedic to serve with Cornwall Air Ambulance is retiring – his first mission was in 1987  see full story

Source: ITV, 22-Dec-13

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UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

UK – Better helipad needed at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, says MP

MP Andrew George says he’s been told that the landing and helicopter service facilities are not up to standard.  see full story

Source: Scilly Today, 15-Jun-13

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Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

Cornwall Air Ambulance, one of the early pioneers of EMS helicopters in the UK, will move away from Bond Air Services after working with them for 27 years. From December 2014, the charity will stop flying a red EC135 and move over to a pair of MD Explorers, operated for them by Medical Aviation Services…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-13

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Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has been rewarded for its commitment to the environment by winning the New Build category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. Chief Executive Paula Martin, who collected the award, said, “We at the charity are both honoured and proud to have won this category, the competition was very strong indeed this… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 17-Dec-12

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Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is very sad to confirm the news of the tragic death of our former Chairman, Mr Harold Chapman. Harold and his wife Pamela, who was also a trustee, had recently emigrated to Australia, to take up their retirement ambition and become reunited with close family members. In the past few days,… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 13-Dec-12

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Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

The new headquarters building for Cornwall Air Ambulance was opened yesterday by the Duchess of Cornwall.  It is the first time in the UK that the fundraising and admin side of an air ambulance charity has been co-located with the operational side of the helicopter – the new hangar can hold two helicopters and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-12

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Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

Last Wednesday, Cornwall Air Ambulance landed their Eurocopter EC135 at their new base, made feasible by an investment of £949,760 from ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence. The air ambulance crew, led by Captain Peter McLelland and joined by paramedics Neil Lentern and Scott Marshall, flew in at 12.30pm. They were met by the team… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-12

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Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Work has officially started on the new base for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.  Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall Lady Mary Holborow, as guest of honour, cut the first piece of turf at the site on Trevithick Downs on the south side of Newquay Cornwall Airport on Monday March 28th.  Lady Mary was joined by charity… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-11

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Cornwall Air Ambulance awarded £1 million for new base

Cornwall Air Ambulance awarded £1 million for new base

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has been awarded almost £1 million of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence investment to build a new base for the charity and its helicopter at Newquay Cornwall Airport. The investment amounts to £949,760 from ERDF Convergence with further costs for the capital project to be matched by reserved charitable funds… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 18-Mar-11

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Rising fuel prices increasing the strain on air ambulances in Devon and Cornwall

Rising fuel prices increasing the strain on air ambulances in Devon and Cornwall

Escalating oil prices are putting South West air ambulances under increasing pressure and could cost lives as aviation fuel costs hit the half-million pound mark for the first time.  Both operators fly the EC135, with Cornwall having one and Devon two.

06-Mar-11

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Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is to have a prominent new role in the county as Patron of one of its vital emergency services. The Duchess will begin her new role as the figurehead of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) this month. As the charity’s first official Patron, Her Royal Highness will lend her support… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-11

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Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance has won planning permission for a new operational base on the boundary of Newquay Cornwall Airport. The location is currently just outside the airport’s security fence, but the plans call for a fence move to ensure the new helipad continues to be airside. Positioned just south of the “piano keys” of Runway… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

This past Thursday, Cornwall Air Ambulance have recorded their 22,000th mission in their 23 years of operation, airlifting a 30 year old woman from Penzance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Cornwall Air Ambulance flies a Eurocopter EC135T2 covering a county of nearly 1,400 square miles and a population approaching 550,000. Jutting out to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-10

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Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust wants to create a purpose-built development to house the helicopter on the outskirts of Newquay Airport

Source: Falmouth Packet, 18-Sep-10

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