The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS), the charity which operates the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), has completed its 50,000th mission for the communities of the English Midlands. This year also marks the 20th year and 15th of operation for the WNAA and DLRAA, respectively.
Based at Coventry Airport and Nottingham Heliport, WNAA and DLRAA provide pre-hospital emergency critical care – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – with two AW109s working alongside East Midlands and West Midlands Ambulance Services and carry critical care paramedics and doctors who are able to perform advanced medical interventions and surgical procedures.
The Air Ambulance Service’s Acting CEO, Emma Peake, reflected on what this means to the charity: “It is incredible to think about reaching 50,000 missions and gives us all an enormous sense of pride because of the difference we have been making to patient outcomes and people’s lives. When we talk about 50,000 missions, it is people and their extended families that have been positively affected by our lifesaving work. It has meant people celebrating their own milestone birthdays and anniversaries which might never have happened.”