The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies.
The charity operates 24 hours a day, ensuring they can be there for the most critically ill and injured people in the region.
Their crews can provide highly specialist care at the scene; they are able to anaesthetise, perform surgery and give blood transfusions to patients. Following treatment, they can airlift patients directly to the hospital that can best care for them going forward. Around half of the patients they treat are taken to regional major trauma centres, ensuring they can get the care they urgently need without delay.
The charity operates one aircraft from their Kent base in daylight hours and another from their Surrey base 24 hours a day. This means that no matter where you are in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the life-saving care that only they can bring directly to your side.
As a charity, they rely almost entirely on donations and fundraising and, without this kind support, they simply could not continue their life-saving work.