The Children's Air Ambulance
The Children's Air Ambulance is one of a kind. It's the first
and only dedicated helicopter emergency transfer service for
seriously ill children and babies, flying them from one hospital to
a more specialist unit, alongside their team of clinicians; a
journey usually made by land.
Our helicopter transferred its
first clinical team in December 2012, and performed
its first patient
transfer on 11th May 2013.
Unbelievably, it's estimated that approximately 5,800 children
need transferring between hospitals every single year. Currently
the majority of these transfers are performed by land, meaning
sometimes long and arduous journeys for seriously ill
The Children's Air Ambulance is able to drastically cut the time
it takes to carry out these types of transfers, which means sick
children and babies can get lifesaving care as soon as possible -
giving them the very best chances of survival and recovery.
Receiving no Government or National Lottery funding, we rely
entirely on public donations and support in the local community to
raise the £134,000 we need to run our vital service.
Since the launch of the helicopter in 2012, we have been
extremely busy adapting our helicopter with pioneering facilities -
this unique helicopter is like no other in the country. Its
customisation has to be exactly right to transfer such vulnerable
patients and their care teams.
We have been working closely with retrieval teams across the
country, to ensure that the specialised equipment is suitable to
transfer the seriously ill patients safely between hospitals, and
that the service meets their requirements, as well as the Civil
Aviation Authority. This equipment includes a stretcher that has
been specifically adapted to carry a baby pod (similar to a baby
incubator) in both the helicopter and a land ambulance, as well as
medical gases and monitoring equipment.
Unlike other Air Ambulance services, The Children's Air
Ambulance will only perform paediatric transfers from hospital to
hospital, across the whole of the country. It differs to other Air
Ambulances who treat children that are the victims of accidents
such as road traffic collisions, sporting injuries or other
emergency situations, they do not carry the equipment needed to
perform a specialist hospital to hospital transfer. Having a
dedicated nationwide transfer service also ensures that all the
fantastic lifesaving Air Ambulances across the country, including
our own (Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance) can
continue to serve and protect their own regions.