Milestone call-out for air ambulance

The air ambulance is pictured attending its 200th call-out.
The air ambulance is pictured attending its 200th call-out.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has answered its 200th call-out just eight months after the launch of the service.

The crew was called to a riding accident in the Clyde Valley last weekend and conveyed the casualty to the SECC in Glasgow for transport to the city’s Western Infirmary.

Scotland’s only charity-funded air ambulance is now firmly established as a key element of Scotland’s nationwide emergency response network. It flies to incidents right across the country from its central base at Perth Airport.

The distinctive blue, green and yellow Bolkow 105 aircraft has so far flown more than 17,800 miles - during nearly 150 hours - taking it to emergencies right across Scotland on an average mission length of 45 minutes.

Gavin Davey, SCAA chief executive, said that more than half the workload has been to serious trauma cases, attending those involved in time-critical emergencies and transporting them to hospitals by the quickest possible method.

He also stressed that the frontline service only flew thanks to generous donations from the general public, trusts, private and corporate supporters.

Many local individuals, organisations and businesses in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas contributed to the service in the early stages to help get it off the ground.

Mr Davey added: “The people of Scotland seem to have taken SCAA to their hearts and they know that the only fuel we fly on is their charity giving. Our growing band of supporters continues to step up to the mark and ensure Helimed 76 keeps flying for the benefit of everyone in the country.

“Our work has taken us to most parts of Scotland including Perthshire, Fife, Angus, Dundee, Aberdeenshire, Lothian, Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders and the Highlands and Islands and we have transferred patients to hospitals right across the country including Aberdeen and Dundee’s Ninewells.”