KSS will transfer patients requiring critical care in partnership with the NHS and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb).
The ambulance service will continue to operate its primary service during this time. Although there has been a drop in trauma incidents in the last weeks, the service will maintain the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.
David Welch, KSS CEO, said: “Our healthcare service is facing an unprecedented challenge, and it is vital that we work together to ensure our individual experience and expertise are brought together for the greater good. I am completely humbled by the dedication and commitment that our crews have always shown and continue to show in these challenging times – they are a credit to KSS and to our nation who very much now need their support.
“We are currently exploring how Covid-19 patients could be transported safely by air, but this can only happen once we are assured of the safety of our crews and our patients.”
KSS has recently been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
SECAmb Medical Director Dr Fionna Moore said: “I am pleased that we have further strengthened our already well-established links with our air ambulance service. This approach will benefit patients across our region as we rise to the challenges Covid-19 presents. As a charity, the air ambulance service relies on the generous support of the public and I would encourage anyone who is able to, to consider donating to fund this valuable service.”