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Thames Valley Air Ambulance Statement on CoronaVirus

Updated 23/04/2020

  • We continue to provide a pre-hospital critical care service, despite the pandemic.
  • Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely.
  • We are urging the public to follow government advice: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
  • Following updated government advice our office in Stokenchurch is closed to the public, and all office staff will be working from home shortly.
  • All community and other fundraising events that were due to take place before the end of August have been cancelled or postponed.

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, Thames Valley Air Ambulance is continuing to provide our prehospital critical care service across the Thames Valley.

In April and May, we also supported our NHS colleagues with our paramedics and doctors working a total of 616 hours in the John Radcliffe Hospital, the main regional Covid-19 treatment centre, and our crew spent 276 hours on shift available to provide a patient transfer service between hospitals to help stop them being overwhelmed.

The community that we serve have been truly incredible in supporting this work in these challenging times.

From business and individuals donating PPE to keep our patients, crew and their families safe, to people raising money in social distanced fundraising challenges, from our Royal Patron, HRH Sophie of Wessex taking part in a crew video call, to the thousands that have made a donation – thank you.

Despite this, we are really missing face-to-face contact with our volunteers, supporters and fundraisers. As some of the lockdown restrictions ease slightly, we are looking at what we may be able to do in the coming weeks and months.

Government advice remains that people who can work from home should continue to do so. This means that our headquarters in Stokenchurch remains closed and will do so until further notice. Arrangements are in place for processing post and other tasks that cannot be done remotely.

We have made the difficult decision not to attend, arrange or promote any public events scheduled to take place before the end of August, and sadly, this may have to be extended further. If it is possible and safe to go ahead with some of the great events and activities that we or others have planned in September and beyond, then we will do so. It is in that hope that some of these events are listed on our events page.

Please do register your interest for these event, sign up to our e-Newsletter and stay in touch with our developments on social media on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We will, of course, continue to support and share the many inspiring stories of individuals and households who are taking part in socially distanced fundraising challenges.

The generosity and determination of the community continues to amaze and inspire us all and we are so grateful to everyone finding ways to continue to support us.

Finally, a very big and heart-felt thank you to all our supporters and the wider community. It is only because of your continued support during these difficult times that we are able to continue to provide the crucial service that we do.

Amanda McLean
CEO, Thames Valley Air Ambulance