Mon 17 Nov 2014 - Air Corps Complete 100th Air Ambulance of 2014.

Last weekend Air Corps call sign 'Irish 253' transferred a young patient from Casement Aerodrome, Dublin to Heathrow Airport, London, completing their 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2014.

The CASA CN235 fixed wing deployed at 5.30 pm Saturday and landed in the busy London airport at 7 pm, where the patient was transferred to an NHS ambulance crew to complete the patient's journey to hospital by road.

This mission was a significant milestone for the Air Corps, in what has been a busy year for both national and international transfers of patients. Their ability to conduct multiple missions using fixed wing and rotary wing assets meant that on several occasions in 2014 multiple Air Ambulance missions were completed simultaneously. In the last fortnight the Air Corps transferred 3 patients to hospitals in Ireland and 4 patients to hospitals in the UK and have been called on for international transfers to other European Countries during 2014.

The increase in demand for Air Ambulances has given rise to the Air Corps maintaining dedicated crews on stand-by 24/7 for fixed wing and rotary wing assets with the ability to cover:

 

  • Transport of Neonates
  • Inter-hospital transfer of patients with spinal or other serious injury
  • Transport of patients requiring specialised emergency treatment in the UK
  • Transport of Organ retrieval teams in Ireland
  • Transport of patients from the islands where the Coastguard is not available
  • Transport of pediatric patients requiring immediate medical intervention

Missions like the rapid transfer to London Saturday night are especially important to Irish children requiring transplants. These time critical patients are included in the UK’s donor pool and so rely on the speedy transport of the Air Corps when they receive a call to the UK for a transplant.

Air Corps helicopter crews can also utilise specialist Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for night time missions and are the only pilots in the State with the capability to fly using NVG. In addition to these inter-hospital transfers the Air Corps are continuing to support the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) in the pilot project to provide dedicated aeromedical support to the West of Ireland. The pilot Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) operates from Custume Barracks, Athlone and so far this year has been tasked 425 from the NAS.


Press Release Date: Mon 17 Nov 2014

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