Newsletter #174 | News
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance are celebrating over 25 years of life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).
KSS Air Ambulance, May 24, 2015 - Thanks to the support and generosity of the public, 25 years has seen the introduction of doctors on board, expanding the service with a second helicopter to help cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex, being the first to carry blood on board to enable transfusions at the scene and most recently flying at night.
Over 25,000 missions have been attended since the inception of the air ambulance charity serving South East England.
We invite you to share with us in recognising the vital service we deliver and the many lives we have touched since our first ever mission over Christmas 1989.
Our first patient, Michelle Leather, who was sixteen years old at the time and lived near Tenterden, was flown to the William Harvey hospital, Ashford and was receiving treatment within seven minutes of being released by the South East Thames Air Ambulance team, as they were known then. Michelle’s and countless further lives have been saved, their quality of life and chances of survival improved due to our presence, skills and speed of response.
Throughout 2015 we are marking our Silver Jubilee with a series of events, so watch this space for further details!
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