Thames Valley Air Ambulance has officially launched the operation of its new Airbus H135 helicopter, equipped and ready for night flying. The new air ambulance with its specialist night-vision kit will enable doctor-led crews to bring their life-saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people by night as well as by day, meaning more lives can be saved across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Sir Tim Jenner, TVAA Chairman, says: “Our doctor and paramedic crews deliver an advanced level of critical care to stabilise patients at the scene, identify their medical needs and get them to the most appropriate hospital for specialist care in the quickest time possible.

“The new helicopter with its night flying capabilities will allow us to extend our hours of coverage and enable our medical crews to respond to more emergency call outs, saving more lives.”

In its 15th year as a life-saving air ambulance charity, TVAA is committed to developing and enhancing its helicopter emergency medical service in the region to provide the highest level of emergency care outside of a hospital environment. A full range of life-saving equipment is carried on board, including two state of the art ultrasound devices, a blood transfusion kit and an immediate blood analyser, helping to shave off valuable seconds in the golden hour.

The Service has recently recruited and trained two new paramedics and three new emergency medical doctors as it looks to step up to a higher level of capability. The ‘paramedic physician partnership’ of doctors and paramedics found on Thames Valley Air Ambulance is essential for a truly gold standard delivery of pre-hospital emergency medicine, all of which is made possible through the Charity’s close working partnership with South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

TVAA’s aviation partner, Bond Air Services Ltd, and their highly skilled helimed pilots are also central to the service, ensuring the most effective coverage for the entire region, as well as the speed, safety and precision of the operation.

Sir Tim concludes: “We are extremely proud of our air ambulance and its crew, and the high standard of expertise and capability which is a result of the very close partnerships we have with South Central Ambulance Service, the NHS and Bond.

“Our teams work tirelessly each day; not only to deliver a unique life-saving service but to develop their knowledge and training to ensure we continue to advance on-scene patient care.

“It is also important to remember that our ambition of delivering a gold standard service is dependent on the generosity of the people, companies and organisations who support us, to whom we are very grateful.”