South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) treated casualties with a range of injuries at Gatwick Airport after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Dr Jane Pateman, SECAmb's Medical Director, said:
A total of 15 patients were transferred to hospital, 14 of which went to two major trauma centres, at St George’s Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from suspected fractures. Planned treatment of all patients with major injuries at designated specialist centres is a new system that was implemented across England on April 2 this year. This was the first time that the system had been tested with a significant incident of this nature.
– Dr Jane Pateman, Medical Director, South East Coast Ambulance Service
“We are very pleased to say that the system worked extremely well and that we were able to maintain our normal service to members of the public whilst dealing with this incident and ensuring that all patients affected received appropriate treatment.”