14-Dec-2010 Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance
In response to media coverage suggesting that there may be no air ambulance service in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by Christmas, the East Anglian Air Ambulance has moved to reassure the public that its enhanced service has in fact now been launched and will be ready to help those caught up in medical emergencies and accidents 365 days a year, including Christmas Day.
Reports that the air ambulance service may not exist after Christmas have been suggested in interviews with emergency medical charity Magpas which has embarked on a major fundraising campaign.
Commenting on the EAAAâ€™s service in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, the charityâ€™s deputy chief executive Steve Whitby said:Â â€œWeâ€™re concerned that some listeners and viewers may have drawn the conclusion that the regionâ€™s air ambulance service is in peril.
This is most definitely not the case.Â In fact the regionâ€™s air ambulance has just been strengthened with our highly trained clinical doctor/paramedic teams standing by at Cambridge Airport, ready to be tasked every single day.
We are working closely with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in developing the new service and are already being tasked across the region.â€
The EAAA has also launched an enhanced service aboard Anglia One, the aircraft serving Norfolk and Suffolk and which is based at Norwich Airport.
HeliHub.com editor note – this service has not been without recent controversy – click on the “East Anglian Air Ambulance” tag for more information