Gama Aviation is continuing to build its UK air ambulance offer by introducing a new service specifically aimed at the UK’s motorsport, events, and film and television industries.
The service seeks to provide fully crewed turnkey helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) for situations that require additional medical infrastructure to support a specific safety case or insurance requirement. The service will offer helicopter air ambulance support that is fully crewed, allowing a variety of options to be deployed depending on the event, location, and medical support requirement.
The company is predicting interest in the ‘HEMS for hire’ offer that will see its Airbus H145 D2, G-GMAH deployed. The aircraft, equipped for day and night operations will fly under a single pilot and Technical Crew Member (TCM) model with the medical team being allocated according to the required mission type.
Already covering areas such as Scotland Dr Simon Forrington, Medical Director for Gama Aviation Special Mission commented: “Scotland and the North of England contains stunning scenery which has long attracted TV and film makers from around the world, in turn, this has bought new extreme sporting events to those locations. These events require a strong, onsite, medical team with appropriate medevac resources, that can be tailored to satisfy each events medical safety and risk obligations. With our capability we can offer both.”
Mark Smith, Managing Director for Gama Aviation Special Mission added:“We have air ambulance locations in the north and south of country, allowing us to provide coverage across the UK. The ‘HEMS for Hire’ service is ideally suited for motorsport, and film and TV locations that may require immediate medevac assistance. Given the UK National Health Service (NHS) resources are often operating at near peak capacity, I don’t think any insurer or organizer should necessarily think that local resources will be able fulfil a medical mission requirement at the drop of a hat.”