The Children's Air Ambulance to fly in 2012
05 December 2011
The Children's Air Ambulance is delighted to announce to all our
supporters that our dream of providing a national bespoke
helicopter transfer service for seriously ill children is soon to
be a reality.
Nicola Howkins said: "This progress is really exciting news and
thanks to a new partnership with the team behind the Warwickshire
& Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and sister service,
Derbyshire Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA)."
WNAA and DLRAA (now under the umbrella organisation The Air
Ambulance Service) has taken over The Children's Air Ambulance, who
will provide a national bespoke helicopter transfer service moving
them safely and quickly between hospitals for specialist care next
WNAA and DLRAA are already the busiest Air Ambulances in the
country; carrying out more than 220 life changing and lifesaving
missions a month. This year WNAA celebrated the eighth anniversary
of the launch of the service and won the Orange Business 2011 Award
for Transformational Change.
Andy Williamson, WNAA CEO said: "As the busiest Air Ambulance in
the country, we know how important it is for patients to receive
the highest standards of specialist medical care. There are
hundreds of critically ill children every year who need the
advanced care and time critical transfers to specialist children's
"Getting a child to a specialist care centre by land can involve
long and frequently medically challenging travel times putting a
child at risk while causing untold stress to the family. In taking
over The Children's Air Ambulance we will not only be able to make
this air transfer service an operational reality but also increase
survival by helping to reduce travel times and move specialist NHS
clinical teams with the child quickly."