Great Western Air Ambulance new EC135
After a big fundraising campaign and support from members of the public Great Western Air Ambulance Charity have today received their new EC135 helicopter.
GWAAC, October 16, 2014 - After a big fundraising campaign and support from members of the public Great Western Air Ambulance Charity have today received their new helicopter.
The Eurocopter 135 will replace the current helicopter, an aging Bolkow, enabling the charity to transform the care they are able to offer to patients.
The Movin’ On Up campaign was launched to raise the £250,000 needed to secure the additional lease for six months.
Thanks to the generosity of the public the target was met, and the new helicopter has arrived at the base in Filton.
Upgrading to the EC 135 will mean that the advanced Critical Care service that operates in the region will be carried out in a helicopter that is compatible with the high standard of medical care and interventions that the team provide.
The EC 135 will include an extra seat, meaning that if a child is airlifted we will be able to take a parent with them.
This extra seat will also allow us to train our new paramedics and doctors.
Currently we are not able to land on the BRI or the Gloucester Royal helipads, but with our new helicopter we will be able to, allowing us greater hospital access across the region.
The EC 135 is also side loading, which will reduce the amount of time it takes to load patients.
With the Bolkow patients are loaded through the back, a process that can take up to 20 minutes.
To keep the new helicopter in the air GWAAC now need to raise £2million a year – and so we need the support of the public even more than ever. Website www.gwaac.com
Eurocopter EC135T1 G-GWAA ( UK Air Ambulances )