Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust Statement
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance operates two aircraft with two medical teams - one based at Marden in Kent and the other at Dunsfold in Surrey.
As part of exciting new plans to make its life-saving service available 24 hours a day, the charity is moving one helicopter from its Dunsfold base to Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey.
Until recently, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations allowed delivery of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) only by daylight but recent changes now allow this by night as well.
The charity initially plans to operate one helicopter and one medical team by night but will look to expand the service if the need arises.
The move to Redhill is necessitated by the need to cover all counties by night at short notice with just one helicopter which will also operate during daylight hours.
The other helicopter will continue to operate from the charity’s headquarters at Marden from where it is hoped to develop a night service during the next two years.