3 Dec 2019

London's Air Ambulance Charity was pleased to welcome Conservative Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey to visit our helipad base last week.

Shaun met with our Chief Executive, Jonathan Jenkins, plus a number of our operational crew to learn more about our life-saving charity and how we have been marking our 30th Anniversary year.

At the top of the Royal London Hospital, where our aircraft is based, Shaun chatted with doctors, paramedics and fire crew about the challenges they face on the frontline.

While the clinical challenges the team face day-to-day have changed significantly over the years, our focus remains the same - to save the lives of people who would otherwise die before they reached hospital.

Our Lead Clinician and Lead Paramedic discussed with Shaun the many ways London’s Air Ambulance Charity is innovating to create the next generation of survivors in the capital.

In particular Shaun was interested in how we are making use of cutting-edge technologies to provide first class medical care at the scene of an incident. The ‘instant on scene’ feature of the GoodSAM app allows our trauma paramedics to see serious incidents in seconds rather than minutes and provide medical advice where appropriate.

Dr Samy Sadek, who was part of the team awarded a Pride of Britain Award in 2016, demonstrated a REBOA procedure alongside Interim Clinical Lead, Dr Tom Hurst. This procedure allows medics to control haemorrhage in trauma patients who might otherwise bleed to death, most commonly associated with cycling incidents and falls from height.

London’s Air Ambulance Charity is a driving force for innovation in pre-hospital care and it was our pleasure to discuss these exciting developments with Shaun as we look forward to the next 30 Years Saving Lives.

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