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RAF Chinook airlifts patient for emergency treatment from Jersey

RAF Chinook helicopters like this have been used in previous emergency airlifts Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

A military helicopter has been called in to transfer a critically ill patient from Jersey to Southampton General Hospital.

The Government of Jersey says the RAF Chinook helicopter, from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, landed at Jersey Airport at around 11pm on the evening of Tuesday 7 April.

It has not been confirmed if the patient was being treated for coronavirus but the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Covid Aviation Task force had been called in.

It landed in Southampton at around 1:40am.

Military assistance was sought for reasons of patient safety and to avoid any delay in the transport taking place. We will not be releasing any more details on the patient in order to protect their confidentiality.

– Government of Jersey spokesperson

More than a dozen military helicopters are on standby across the UK including three RAF Chinook helicopters at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, two British Army Air Corps Wildcat at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset and Royal Navy Merlin helicopters at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.

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