Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

14-Sep-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance has welcomed a new Chief Executive Officer, Tim Bunting. Tim brings a wealth of experience with him, having previously worked for BBC Children in Need and held senior fundraising roles in the South West. In his first week in the job, Tim sat down to answer some questions about the role, his... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

8-Mar-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

The following is a statement from Mark Carne, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cornwall Air Ambulance: Paula Martin left the position of Chief Executive Officer at the end of February 2021 after 12 years of committed service to the charity. Under Paula’s tenure as CEO, the Trust has developed substantially. As well as... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

26-Feb-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

A Cornish teenager has become the first person to receive a lifesaving blood transfusion at the scene of an incident thanks to a new partnership between medical services in the county. For the first time ever, Cornwall Air Ambulance is carrying blood on board the helicopter, giving the critical care team the option to start... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

21-Sep-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is set to feature in a new TV series to showcase its lifesaving work. The 10-part documentary for Discovery UK will follow the charity’s critical care paramedics, doctors and pilots as they attend emergencies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The series has been filmed over the summer months- the aircrew’s... Read more

Lifesaving work of Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

Lifesaving work of Cornwall Air Ambulance to feature in new TV series

15-Sep-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is set to feature in a new TV series to showcase its lifesaving work. The 10-part documentary for Discovery will follow the charity’s critical care paramedics, doctors and pilots as they attend emergencies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The series has been filmed over the summer months- the aircrew’s busiest... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

3-Jun-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual... Read more

Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

1-Jun-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

More than 1,000 names have now been added to the underside of the new Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter. As part of the Heli Heroes campaign, supporters paid a minimum of £100 for their name of choice to be added to the helicopter to help raise money for the New Heli Appeal. It was a hugely... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

29-Apr-2020Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to announce its new Chairman to lead the Board of Trustees. Mark Carne joined the Board of Trustees earlier in 2020 and has now been elected by his fellow Trustees to become Chairman. Mark brings a wealth of experience and expertise with him, having been the chief executive of... Read more

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169

6-Jan-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese – Italy)... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints first Vice President

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints first Vice President

15-Aug-2019Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust has appointed its first ever Vice President. Dr Ed Abrahamson will take on the honorary position, which is offered to the charity’s most committed and influential supporters. One of the country’s leading Consultant Paediatricians, Dr Ed divides his time between Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and his private clinic at BUPA Cromwell... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance to receive Government grant

Cornwall Air Ambulance to receive Government grant

23-Jul-2019Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance is set to receive a one-off grant from the Government to help reach more patients in need across Cornwall. The charity has been awarded £1,397,700 following an announcement earlier this year from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the Government would be making £10 million available to support the funding of capital... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

10-Jan-2019Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

2018 was an incredibly busy year for the crew and team at Cornwall Air Ambulance, with a total of 1053 missions easily surpassing the 2017 figures. The Cornwall Air Ambulance crew are dispatched to the most critical incidents and the most difficult to reach locations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where every minute... Read more

The Air Ambulance Service UK celebrates 30 000 missons

The Air Ambulance Service UK celebrates 30 000 missons

26-Feb-2018Source: The Air Ambulance Service

We’re delighted to announce that have reached a major milestone in our history with the completion of our 30,000th rescue mission. If you didn’t know already, we launched our lifesaving services in 2003 and currently operate two emergency helicopters that provide rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies: the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 670 missions with two MD902s in 2017

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 670 missions with two MD902s in 2017

16-Jan-2018Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

The crew of Cornwall Air Ambulance embarked upon 869 missions during 2017, providing lifesaving medical care throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The charity’s annual mission total is the highest in more than five years, thanks in part to an extension in operating hours which now sees the crew responding to emergencies until 2am,... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

11-Dec-2017Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard for the excellent work the lifesaving charity does with volunteers. It is only the second time an organisation in Cornwall has achieved the prestigious national award*. The charity was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169

5-Oct-2017Source: Specialist Aviation Services

UK based Specialist Aviation Services is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the preferred bidder by Cornwall Air Ambulance to provide an AW169 EMS under a ten year contract starting in 2019. The decision follows a competitive tendering process carried out by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust ahead of the end of the... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years of saving lives

Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years of saving lives

25-Apr-2017Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

9-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

4-Apr-2016Source: West Briton

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

23-Feb-2016Source: BBC News

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

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

UK – Derriford Hospital helipad officially opened

8-Jun-2015Source: NHS

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust flies at 2015 Cornwall Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust flies at 2015 Cornwall Business Awards

18-May-2015Source: Cornwall

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance missions up 5% in 2014

Cornwall Air Ambulance missions up 5% in 2014

18-Mar-2015Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance Flies 25,000th Mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance Flies 25,000th Mission

5-Mar-2015Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

First MD Explorer ready for Cornwall Air Ambulance

28-Nov-2014Source: HeliHub.com

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

New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

New Derriford Helipad Will Help Save Lives in Cornwall

24-Sep-2014Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

Cornish MPs Lend Support to Air Ambulance Campaign

13-Jun-2014Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

9-Jun-2014Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

Cornwall Air Ambulance seeks night-time landing sites

8-Jun-2014Source: Cornishman

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... Read more

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

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

16-May-2014Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

First Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic retires

First Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic retires

22-Dec-2013Source: ITV

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

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

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

15-Jun-2013Source: Scilly Today

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

Cornwall Air Ambulance switches operator away from Bond

20-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

Cornwall Air Ambulance win Sustainability Award

17-Dec-2012Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

Former Cornwall Air Ambulance Chairman dies in road crash

13-Dec-2012Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

Duchess opens Cornwall Air Ambulance HQ

5-Jul-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

Cornwall Air Ambulance lands at new base for first time

5-Feb-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

30-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance awarded £1 million for new base

Cornwall Air Ambulance awarded £1 million for new base

18-Mar-2011Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

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

6-Mar-2011

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.... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

Cornwall Air Ambulance gets Royal Patron

10-Jan-2011Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins planning approval for new hangar

1-Dec-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

Cornwall Air Ambulance flies 22,000th mission

29-Nov-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

Cornwall Air Ambulance plans new base and second helicopter

18-Sep-2010Source: Falmouth Packet

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

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