Friday, March 18, 2011
Cornish Air Ambulance has launched a fundraising campaign in a bid to raise £30,000.
The Air Ambulance can often be seen landing on the beach in Port Isaac. The money will be used to buy a portable heart-rate monitor which will enable air ambulance paramedics to monitor a patient’s condition from the moment they are picked up.
Trust spokesman Dania Shaw said: “The first moments of a rescue are absolutely crucial and the Schiller monitor and defibrillator will be used every day by paramedics.”
“This equipment is light-weight, smaller and portable. It will give us more space and extra weight-carrying capacity and replace five separate heavier units we have used for more than ten years.”
For over 23 years, the Cornish Air Ambulance has flown more than 22,000 missions and has proven vital in saving lives across Cornwall, an area where ambulance response times can be hindered by the difficult terrain.
According to local paramedic Paul Symonds, the iconic red helicopter is an “essential resource.”
“In the Launceston area and the east of the country, it can be a long drive to any of the main hospitals,” he said, “so it’s reassuring for us to know that the air ambulance will be assisting us with a patient and get them to a hospital quicker.”
With the price of keeping the helicopter in the air costing more than £1.5 million a year, fundraising has always played an important role in maintaining the Cornish Air Ambulance service. For more information visit their website www.helimed181.co.uk