East Anglian Air Ambulance
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) first started in the year 2000, providing paramedic cover by air just one day a week in Norfolk. Today, EAAA provides advanced clinical care by air at scene 365 days a year from its two bases in Cambridge and Norwich, attending patients with life-threatening or life-changing accidents or medical emergencies such as road traffic collisions and cardiac arrests. EAAA covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia. The region covers a vast area of 5000sq miles, much of it rural. EAAA operates two helicopters, based at Cambridge and Norwich Airports and works in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), MAGPAS and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) to provide helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) across the Region. EAAA operates two Airbus H145 helicopters which replaced the smaller EC135 helicopters in 2015 and 2016. These larger aircraft allow the clinical teams to focus solely on the patient as a result of the increased cabin space. The greatly increased range of these aircraft also allows the crews to undertake a series of missions without the need to refuel in between, thus increasing availability for life-saving missions. Using helicopters dedicated to and specifically equipped for the air ambulance role, and employing doctors specially trained in pre-hospital emergency medicine assisted by highly qualified critical care paramedics, EAAA’s service enables access to patients anywhere in East Anglia within 25 minutes of call out. EAAA was the first air ambulance charity to get approval for night Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations and has been undertaking HEMS missions after dark since 2013. Since 2010, EAAA has planned to provide a doctor and critical care paramedic team on every shift. The service supplied by EAAA has two main characteristics: speed and clinical expertise. It performs two essential roles: • Saving the lives of patients at the scene of their accident or emergency (taking the Emergency Department to the patient) • The rapid transfer of patients to hospital and between hospitals, when this is appropriate, to save life or to prevent undue suffering. EAAA is not funded by the government and relies on the generosity of donations from the people of East Anglia.