Photo: L-R MP Henry Smith pictured with Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Dan Kitteridge, at the helicopter base at Redhill
The Member of Parliament for Crawley, Henry Smith, took time out of his busy schedule to visit the base of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Henry spoke to the crew and Chief Executive Adrian Bell to find out how the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operates and how delivering advanced pre-hospital care to the scene of a medical emergency can make a real difference.
The air ambulance’s doctor and paramedic at the charity’s Redhill base were able to tell Henry about the how their early interventions at the scene not only save lives but can make a significant difference to the outcome of patients.
Henry Smith said: “Sussex Air Ambulance has a proud record of saving lives in Crawley, the county and wider area. Launching the night helicopter emergency medical service will be a significant enhancement and deserves our support.”
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is the only air ambulance charity in the country to provide a 24 hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service responding to between 1-2 calls a night and an average of 4-6 calls during the day. The charity is an independent healthcare provider and it costs about £6 million a year to fund the service which relies almost entirely on donations.
Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Henry to the base and we look forward to working with him in the future.”