13th Nov 2019

Rory Stewart visits helipad

Rory Stewart, one of the candidates in next year’s London Mayoral election, has paid a visit to London’s Air Ambulance’s helipad base at the Royal London Hospital.

Rory stopped by to hear more about our charity’s life-saving work and how we have evolved since our inception 30 years ago. He met with doctors and paramedics to hear first-hand how our teams are able to carry out life-saving procedures at the scene of an emergency.

He was also shown around by the charity’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Jenkins, and Chief Executive of the Royal London Hospital, Jackie Sullivan, who explained the partnership between the charity, hospital and London Ambulance Service.

Rory said the collaboration was one which London could be deeply proud of, praising our team as ‘heroes working on the ground’.

After a busy few days in the capital, members of the operational crew spoke with Rory about the sorts of cases we are called out to each day.

They also took the opportunity to talk about some of the exciting innovations London’s Air Ambulance Charity will be driving forward to help prevent unnecessary deaths from serious injury.

For example we were the first air ambulance in the UK to perform open heart surgery (REBOA) on scene, a procedure for which we have world-leading survival rates.

Rory Stewart said:

“This is an amazing collaboration working to bring innovative procedures forward and make sure we can save people who would not have been saved in the past.

“This is something to make us deeply proud of London; of these incredibly dedicated heroes working on the ground and of the public who are providing generous support to keep this whole system going.”

You can hear more from Rory about his visit on his Twitter page.