The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) Critical Care Car service, in the UK, which was launched on 1 June, will be replaced with a helicopter on 21 June following a busy rollout period.
The LNAA Critical Care Car responded to 14 emergencies during its first week of service, including a road traffic collision and a patient in cardiac arrest. The car service will be replaced with LNAA’s second Leonardo AW169 helicopter.
LNAA HEMS Doctor Paul Hancock said: “Being physically based on the east coast helps us to save time getting to these patients [but] there are also occasions where we may not have been able to attend some of these emergencies previously, as our helicopter in Lincoln may have been called to incidents elsewhere.
“Our second helicopter will enhance our service as we’re able to reach our patients quickly to deliver potentially life-saving care, while saving vital time when getting the patient to hospital.”
A summer like no other
The LNAA service was deployed to 148 emergencies in April 2021, a dramatic increase over the 49 missions conducted in April 2020.
Dr Gareth Davis, LNAA Medical Director, said: “As Covid restrictions lift, this summer has the potential to be one like no other […] The need for our service is what drives us and we must respond as an organization to the possibility that we will be needed much more than usual along the coast this summer.”