Welsh Flying Medics

In Spring 2015, Wales Air Ambulance started flying consultant-level doctors on its aircraft for the first time.

six Months with the Flying doctors

Blood Product Transfusions
Anaesthesia Cases
Percent of missions were trauma related

The specially-selected team of doctors have advanced expertise in emergency medicine, paediatrics, anaesthesia and intensive care. With these extra skills our crews will have pioneering new equipment, and be able to carry blood.

As with WAA paramedics, consultants are to be seconded to the charity, thanks to ongoing work with NHS Wales and Welsh Government. The new critical care team means the charity will be able to provide even more treatments to seriously ill people across Wales. Read more about the new recruits here.

Dr Kyle Jacques with the Babypod incubator

Wales Air Ambulance trustee and consultant in emergency medicine, Dr Kyle Jacques (pictured above with our Babypod incubator), said the introduction of doctors on board would help the charity save even more lives.

“Consultants can make advanced clinical decisions and deliver critical treatments very quickly, including drugs normally only used in a hospital setting,” he said.

“To have a team of Wales’ most experienced experts, including anaesthetists and paediatricians, flying directly to an emergency will mean patients in their most difficult hour will get the care they need even faster.”

WAA Chief Executive Angela Hughes added: “To secure consultants on board is a remarkable leap forward in providing one of the most advanced air ambulance services in the world.

“Over the last few years we have received incredible support from our fundraisers to upgrade our three helicopters and trial night flights, and the addition of doctors to Wales Air Ambulance missions is another fantastic development in our service to people across Wales.”

Flying doctors’ complete more than 600 missions in first six months

Flying doctors’ complete more than 600 missions in first six months

Consultants on board Wales Air Ambulance Charity flights have given vital treatment to more than 600 people over…

Gallery: Crews complete training - in pictures

Gallery: Crews complete training - in pictures

Wales Air Ambulance’s new critical care team has completed an intensive two weeks of training, including daily…


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