TVAA 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 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. Receiving the award, Paramedic Lisa Brown said: “The whole team is incredibly humbled to be recognised by the local community. Being part of the air ambulance team is a truly rewarding role which has enabled us as Paramedics to work alongside Doctors in providing the best possible emergency treatment outside of a hospital A & E department.” 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 I-Stat machine used for immediate blood analysis helping to shave off valuable seconds in the golden hour. 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 Jenner, Chairman of TVAA said: “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 that support us, to whom we are very grateful.” In October TVAA launched its new helicopter, G-TVAL, which has specialist kit such as night vision equipment and additional flood-lighting needed for night operations. The Service will commence night flying in early 2016 which will enable the crew to respond to more emergency calls, bringing their life-saving care to the most seriously injured or seriously ill people by night as well as by day.