Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Modelmaker builds Air Ambulance replica

Photo 1: Air Ambulance Pilot Mark Howard-Smith, Peter Williams, critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley, Dr Will Davies and Pilot Dan Kitteridge pictured at the helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome

A former Royal Navy medic has built a model of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance which he hopes will become a real moneyspinner for the life-saving charity.

Peter Williams, from Frimley, spent 18 months painstakingly putting together a replica of the twin-engine MD902 Explorer complete with battery-operated rotor blades.

A leather handbag, cocktail sticks and metal from a camping seat were among the materials he used to lovingly craft the helicopter to a sixth of its normal size.

On Friday, he finally presented his work of art to the Air Ambulance pilot, doctor and paramedic at their Redhill base so that the charity can display it at fundraising exhibitions.

He said: “It all started due to further problems with my health and poor mobility. I wanted something to concentrate my mind and get the old grey mater working.

“I thought the Air Ambulance was a great subject so I visited the base and took some photos and I found the aircraft manufacturer’s manual on the Internet.

“Building the fuselage was not too bad but when it came to the top engine covers it was a nightmare. It took three attempts to get it as near as true possible and I nearly took a hammer to it.”

Peter spent 12 years in the Medical Branch of the Royal Navy and served in Korea, Malta and Portsmouth before re-training in engineering and becoming a Senior Mechanical Designer.

He also worked as a Technical Illustrator designing service handbooks for a forklift company which sparked an interest in model making.

The 80-year-old has previously built a model of the cruiser HMS Cumberland which went on display at the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth.

* If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk.

Air Ambulance in new TV documentary

One of the first patients to given a road-side blood transfusion by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is to be featured in a new TV medical documentary next week (December 3rd).

Harry Leake, 9, suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a collision with a motorbike in Worthing.

He had to be given emergency treatment at the scene by Dr Richard Lyon and critical care paramedic Jon Sanders who carried out advanced medical procedures usually performed only in hospital.

Chief Pilot, Captain Nick Bramley then flew him to Southampton Hospital in just 14 minutes - a journey that could have taken almost an hour by road.

ITV’s Trauma: Level One shows Harry arriving in the resuscitation area of the major trauma centre where Dr Lyon catalogues his injuries and treatment at scene following the accident in April.

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance launched its blood transfusion service in February in a move which is expected to benefit up to 100 patients a year.

Previously, the procedure could be carried out only in hospital or at scene using a saline-based solution.

* Trauma: Level One is on Tuesday, (December 3rd), at 10.35pm.

Santa's coming to town

Photo: Father Christmas pictured during a previous collection by Sutton Nonsuch Rotary Club

Father Christmas kicks off his fundraising drive in aid of life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance next week.

He will be swapping his sleigh for a truck as he rides through Sutton, Nonsuch, Cheam, North Cheam and Worcester Park.

There will be seven mobile street collections starting on Monday (December 2nd) at Sparrow Farm Road in Worcester Park, at 5.45pm.

This is the 26th year that Christmas collections have been held by Sutton Nonsuch Rotary Club who last year raised £8,300 for local charities.

This year they are supporting Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Phab, Sutton Mental Health and Missing People.

Shoppers will also get the chance to meet Santa and his helpers at store collections outside Sainsbury’s in North Cheam and Tesco on the Sutton bypass.

For more details about the collections go to www.nonsuchrotary.org or to help out as a volunteer email jwchamberlain@blueyonder.co.uk 

Air Ambulance doctor joins typhoon relief effort

A former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor has flown to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 


Dr Amy Hughes and Professor Tony Redmond are leading a 12-strong UK medical and surgical team from the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.


They arrived in the capital Manila on Thursday (November 14th) before heading south west to the island of Cebu, the north of which suffered damage from the typhoon.


Dr Hughes is among the first British medics on scene and along with the rest of the team and will be using her specialist skills in emergency medicine to benefit survivors who need treatment.


She said: "The team is composed of a very diverse and experienced team of surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency doctors, GPs, emergency nurses and operating theatre nurses, all of whom have undergone specific medical, surgical and security training for working in disasters. All these people together bring a number of services to the community.”


Dr Hughes is more used to dealing with road traffic collisions having worked for the Air Ambulance for more than a year but has since completed her tour of duty with the life-saving charity.


She qualified as a doctor 10 years ago and has worked throughout the south-west and London in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.


She also served in Queensland, Australia, with The Royal Flying doctors and recently returned from a seven-month mission to northern Sri Lanka with Medecins Sans Frontier.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Kathy celebrates £15,000 lottery win

A Horley nurse has been given an early Christmas present after winning almost £15,000 in Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s charity lottery.

Kathy Baughan won the jackpot in the life-saving charity’s Superdraw just five months after signing up to be a member.

The grandmother-of-three picked her lucky numbers 4, 6, 13 and 16 from family birthdays and was stunned when they came up in the midweek draw.

Kathy won a total of £14,880.06 which she plans to spend on a holiday to Tenerife and tickets to see her favourite football team.

She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have won, just before Christmas as well. Am I dreaming or what? I’m shocked because I only joined the lottery in June.”

Kathy landed her lottery win on October 30th, the same day her beloved Tottenham Hotspurs beat Hull 8-7 on penalties in the league cup.

On Friday, delighted Kathy picked up her winnings from the Air Ambulance base at Redhill with daughter Michelle and grand-daughter Kitty. Just two days earlier, a work syndicate from Ashford in Kent scooped £3,747 in the Superdraw.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week and with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000.

For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000 – a life-changing amount. To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/Lottery/join_lottery  or call 01622 833833.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

24 Hours in A&E

A pedestrian seriously injured in a road traffic collision at St Mary Hoo is to be featured in award-winning Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in A&E next week (Wednesday, November 13th).

Seventy-year-old Pauline suffered severe leg injuries after she was involved in a collision with a vehicle outside the Fenn Bell Inn pub in February.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s doctor and critical care paramedic were called and she was taken to King’s College Hospital in London.

Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E shows Pauline arriving in the resuscitation area of the major trauma centre where the helicopter’s doctor catalogues her injuries.

The first episode of the new series focuses on patients involved in serious road traffic collisions and shows that not all problems are immediately obvious.

As someone who has always put others first, Pauline reflects on the novelty of having to let others do things for her.

24 Hours in A&E  used more than 90 cameras to film around the clock at King’s, offering unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest accident and emergency departments. The BAFTA award-nominated programme is on every Wednesday at 9pm.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is a life-saving charity helicopter which effectively takes A&E to the scene of accidents and emergencies. The care and treatment the medics provide is often crucial to the level of recovery a patient will make later on in hospital.

King’s College Hospital is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Air Ambulance Open Evening

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is hosting an open evening on Thursday 14th November where you can meet the team and find out about the work of the life-saving charity. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Holiday Inn in Wrotham starting at 7pm.

Presentations from the Chairman, Chief Executive and clinical leads from the charity will talk about service development, patient outcomes and operating at night.

Dr Malcolm Russell, Medical Director for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, said: “With medicine and technology always developing rapidly, our Charity has kept right at the forefront and this year has been particularly exciting.  Come along and hear how we’ve brought blood transfusion to the roadside and transformed into a 24-hour operation in order to reach even more sick and injured patients in our community.”

Every day the air ambulance’s specialist medical teams respond to an average of six calls taking advanced pre-hospital care directly to seriously ill and injured patients.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet some of the pilots, doctors and critical care paramedics from the Air Ambulance.

If you would like to come along to open evening and find out more about the vital work or your air ambulance please email Jill Playle at jillp@kssairambulance.org.uk or ring 01622 833833.

We're sold on sale boards fundraiser

Photo: Forest Row branch Sales Manager Sharon Watkinson pictured with one of the For Sale boards

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is reaping the rewards of a pick-up in the housing market.

For every For Sale board put up by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, the company will make a donation to the emergency service.

The fundraising campaign runs from September 1st until the end of this month when the market traditionally slows down, and has so far raised £700.

Howard Cundey Associate Partner Ron Gibson, from the Tunbridge Wells Office, was called out to value a house as a direct result of sponsoring the Air Ambulance by a vendor and avid biker whose friend was saved by the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

He said: “It is close to the hearts of some of our members of staff whose family members have been rescued and with offices in Kent, Surrey & Sussex, we are ideally placed to support one local charity.”

Howard Cundey sells hundreds of properties a year and employs more than 80 staff at offices in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Biggin Hill, Edenbridge, Reigate, Oxted, Bletchingley, Lingfield, East Grinstead and Forest Row.

The company name dates back to 1968 when it sold its first property to a Mr and Mrs Mackie for £4,000, but the business has roots going back more than 100 years.

In its latest monthly survey, Nationwide said prices across the UK are now 5.8% higher than this time a year ago.