Thanks to HSF the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance crew can deliver life-saving blood transfusions

After months of preparation and training, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance will start to carry blood on board from September, significantly enhancing the pre-hospital critical care that their crew can offer at the scene of accidents, giving patients a better chance of recovery from some of the most devastating injuries.

HSF has provided £16,394.40 to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to pay for the extensive training and equipment required, so that the crew can undertake the complex procedure which until recently predominantly took place in hospitals.

Leonora Surtees-Martell, daughter of the late John Surtees CBE said “My father spent most of his life chasing time round the race tracks of the world. He knew that every second counted and none more so than for the Air Ambulance Services when accidents or illnesses occur. The service that they provide is vital and something which is continuously developing. The swift medical intervention provided by the Air Ambulance crews, gives patients a far greater chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.”

Charity CEO Karen Jobling said: “The blood will be supplied by Lincoln County Hospital and delivered daily by the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service to our airbase. Our crew have now undergone the specialist training required meaning the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance can start to carry and administer blood from September.”

Blood will be carried by the Ambucopter in specially designed thermostatically controlled boxes together with a machine to warm it to the correct temperature to administer to patients suffering from dangerously low blood pressure and who have or are suspected to have significant bleeding, vastly increasing their chances of survival.

Richard Martell