Earlier this week I attended the launch of a new helicopter operated by the Children’s Air Ambulance charity, the first and only paediatric helicopter transfer service in the country. During my visit, I met a four year old boy who at the age of 17 weeks had to be rushed to a paediatric intensive care unit by air ambulance. There was no room in the helicopter for his mum to accompany him, so she had to travel separately by car, which must have been an incredibly stressful experience.
It’s great that the new air ambulance has room for the parent to travel alongside their child. It will be based in Oxford and bring babies and children to the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s intensive care unit from across the South West. The Children’s Air Ambulance charity relies entirely on the generous donations of the public to fund this important work, so if you are in a position to make a donation or to volunteer your time, please consider doing so.