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Air Ambulance service to relocate to new £7m pad

The air ambulance service for Kent, Sussex and Surrey is relocating to a single new base - and upgrading its aircraft.

For 25 years the service has operated out of Marden in Kent, with a second site at Redhill on the Surrey/Sussex border. Now the service moving to a new £7 million pound base at Paddock Wood.

The charity says it'll mean pilots can reach emergency incidents anywhere in the South East within 25 minutes - and that no-one's life is endangered by the move. John Ryall reports.

The interviewee is Adrian Bell from the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. The piece includes a promotional video from Augusta Westland.

Student reunited with paramedic who saved his life

Student Kristian Berry has been reunited with paramedic Gary Wareham Credit: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

A Hawkinge student who survived a road accident was reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic who helped save his life as his college handed over a donation to the charity helicopter.

Former Brockhill Park Performing Arts College student Kristian Berry, 18, wept as he met Operational Support Manager Gary Wareham for the first time since his accident last summer.

He visited the helicopter base at Marden on Friday with fellow students and his mother Sally to present a cheque for £1,634 which was raised from a concert and non-uniform day.

Kristian suffered a head injury and fractured ribs after he collided with a car as he crossed the A260 at Densole

He was resuscitated by a passing GP before the air ambulance arrived and he was assessed at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

The teenager was then flown to King’s College Hospital in London where he was put in an induced coma for two days.

He spent two weeks at the Major Trauma Centre before he was finally allowed home and has since made a full recovery.

“It was amazing to meet Gary because I owe my life to him and all the team who helped me. If it wasn’t for them I would have died and I’m just so thankful to them. Kristian is now studying commercial music at Canterbury Christchurch University and is planning a career in music therapy."

– Kristian Berry

“It was really good to see Kristian and hear that he is now going on to further education. The air ambulance helps keep families together and allows them to continue leading the rest of their lives.”

– Gary Wareham


Milestone air-ambulance landing at Southampton General Hospital

They've helped to save the lives of hundreds of people across the south and today the thousandth landing by an air ambulance was made at Southampton General. It happened as visitors arrived for the hospital's annual open day. Richard Jones reports.

Air ambulance lands for thousandth time at Southampton General

Today the 1000th flight of the air ambulance landed at Southampton General Hospital.

It took place during a hospital open day where people were given a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major trauma centre.

The event, which is now in its sixth year, will see more than 100 events, activities and information stands.

People will be able to walk through a pair of giant inflatable lungs, watch a virtual autopsy and tour the operating theatres, as well as meet leading Cancer Research UK (CRUK) scientists, try on a pair of simulation specs to understand different eye conditions and meet the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs.

New machine for Thames Valley air ambulance

An air ambulance charity is now carrying a portable blood analyser on board it's helicopter. Thames Valley And Chiltern Air Ambulance says the introduction of the i-Stat helps it to fulfil its promise of providing enhanced patient care.

Our mantra is 'bringing the hospital to the roadside' for the patient. This small portable machine gives us hospital accuracy blood results within minutes. The result of this will help us make clinical decisions for the patients, for example, information on the oxygenation, degree of hypoxia and blood salts will allow us to focus treatment and give exceptionally accurate information to the hospital on arrival. This type of practice once again steps up the level of advanced care that TVACAA delivers to its patients."

– Dr Syed Masud, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

We have seen an increased demand for response by our air ambulance over the past year. This is testament to the quality of emergency care that our medical crew canprovide."

– Mark McGeown, chief executive officer for TVACAA
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