World record attempt Atlantic row for TVAA!

A Berkshire man is taking on one of the world’s toughest challenges for his local air ambulance. Richard Wattam, from Mortimer is part of a team of eight experienced rowers from around the world who will attempt to break the speed record of 32 days when they row the Atlantic Ocean in late January. The 2989mile row starts from Puerto de Mogan in Gran Caneria and finishes in Port St Charles in Barbados. Headed by one of the world’s most experienced Skippers, Simon Chalk of the Toby Wallis, Oceanus Rowing, the eight man crew will row a four rowing, four resting ...

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TVAA pioneers night simulation training course

night HEMS training
Specialist night operations training for pre-hospital emergency medical doctors and critical care paramedics in the South Central Region took place at Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s state-of-the art training and simulation centre in December 2015. Developed by Dr Syed Masud (Clinical Governance Lead for TVAA and Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre Hospital Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital) and Kevin Letchford (Lead Paramedic for Training and Simulation for TVAA), the course prepares medical teams for night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to ...

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Former patient takes on altitude training ahead of Kili climb

Former patient Richard Hoare received life-saving assistance from Thames Valley Air Ambulance after the motorbike he was riding was hit by a Nissan 4x4 in Burfield, Berkshire in July 2013. The father of two was thrown from his bike and knocked unconscious, with serious multiple fractures to his pelvis, open fractures to his arms, a broken shoulder and tears to his spleen. Fortunately for Richard, the motorist following him was an osteopath who gave him life-saving roadside resuscitation. After being airlifted, Richard spent five weeks in John Radcliffe Hospital, ...

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Helicopter heroes surprise patients at Oxford Children’s Hospital

Two young patients at Oxford Children’s Hospital got an early Christmas present when the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) crew paid a special visit and gave them a VIP tour of their helicopter. The trip was arranged after Dr Helen Care, Clinical Psychologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital reached out to Thames Valley Air Ambulance to explain how excited one of her regular young patients had been when the air ambulance landed outside during one of his appointments earlier this year. Six year-old Finley Amey, who has a genetic syndrome and has had multiple ...

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Harrison Ford article – our statement

We never discuss any details about the patients we airlift, however we would like to make it very clear that the air ambulance only responds to incidents when it is dispatched through the region’s 999 emergency response. 999 call handlers and dispatchers follow a set list of protocols and processes that help determine the most appropriate resources that should be sent to an emergency incident and there is no other way to obtain our air ambulance service.

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BIG Yellow adopts TVAA as Charity Partner

We are delighted to announce that Thames Valley Air Ambulance have become the official corporate partners with Big Yellow Self Storage. Big Yellow Self Storage has chosen to support the Thames Valley Air Ambulance in their Reading, Slough, Oxford and High Wycombe stores as part of their local charity initiative, facilitating free storage space for the Charity to use. Mitch Boyd, Store Manager of Big Yellow Self Storage in Reading, said: “It is important to us that charities with strong local links, providing vital services such as this are helped as much as ...

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Wycombe MAG surprise TVAA with record funds!

wycombe mag cheque
Sunday 1st November 2015 saw a cavalcade of motorcyclists from Wycombe MAG, ride from the H-Café in Berinsfield to RAF Benson, home to Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Wycombe MAG held a number of events this year including a Christmas Party, a Burlesque Evening, and a summer Bike Rally. The Christmas Party started the year as a way of letting their hair down and having some fun, in preparation for the hard work to come. April saw the “The Dirty Donkey”, take place at the Black Horse Pub in Great Missenden. This annual, traditional one-night biker party in a field, ...

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TVAA wins Charity of the Year at Regional Business Awards

Thames Valley Business magazine Awards
Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been awarded for the significant impact it has made to the region at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, held in Reading on Thursday 19 November 2015. Winning ‘Charity of the Year’, sponsored by James Cowper Kreston, the Charity demonstrated to the judges outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries, innovative fundraising ideas, and achievement of its goals over the course of the last year. Mark McGeown, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Air Ambulance said; “This award is a wonderful accolade for the ...

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Gerry Lea wins Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year!

Gerry Lea, Paramedic of the Year
Thames Valley Air Ambulance paramedic Gerry Lea has been named Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2015 for his role in a challenging patient rescue earlier this year. Citing ‘exemplary patient care’, the award was given to Gerry, who is based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, for his vital intervention when he jumped into the River Thames at Wallingford in May to rescue a man that had become critically unwell in the water. With a steep river bank, and no way to get the patient out without extra assistance, Gerry ...

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Life saving air ambulance crew win Pride of Reading award!

Thames Valley Air Ambulance’s (TVAA’s) life-saving emergency medical doctors, paramedics and pilots, have been awarded for their commitment to delivering the highest level of emergency medical care to those that need it in Berkshire. TVAA air crew attended the Pride of Reading Awards on Friday 6 November at the Madejski Stadium and were honoured to receive the 999 Emergency Services 2015 award sponsored by Phoenix Security Training, given to a healthcare team that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. The ‘paramedic physician partnership’ of ...

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