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Cornwall Air Ambulance flies more than 700 lifesaving missions each year throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It does not receive any government funding for these rescue missions and so relies on the generosity of the public and organisations.
Cornwall Air Ambulance takes an average of 12 minutes to arrive on scene on mainland Cornwall and can be in the Isles of Scilly in less than 30 minutes. We treat patients on-scene or take them to the hospital that best suits their needs, whether in Cornwall or at specialist hospitals out of county such as Derriford’s Trauma Unit in Plymouth or the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. We fly to these specialist centres in minutes, rather than the hours it can take by road.
Eight doctors have joined the paramedic aircrew and they fly on-board for at least three days a week. When not tasked with missions the physicians assist the paramedics in developing enhanced clinical knowledge and skills via simulation and teaching sessions at the Newquay airbase.
The crews are trained and equipped to fly in the hours of darkness thanks to Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) goggles, specially adapted cockpits, a 30-million candle power searchlight and advanced mapping. Cornwall Air Ambulance has extended flying hours to 12 hours per day, 365 days a year.
There are many different ways to help keep Cornwall Air Ambulance flying. Thank you for supporting this lifesaving service.