Visiting Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Service

Wed 4th September 2013 at 14.00 - 16.00

A group of members, partners and friends of the Rotary Club of Thame visited Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Service headquarters in Benson, Oxfordshire.

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A group of members, partners and friends of the Rotary Club of Thame visited the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Service (TVACAA) headquarters in Benson, Oxfordshire.

The group had the opportunity to learn more about this essential emergency service which operates as a charity and is run mostly by volunteers.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Service was one of the local charities supported by the Club in 2012-2013. According to the charity's website

The Service

The red and yellow liveried EC135 helicopter is based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, which is the central point for the three counties TVACAA serves. The Air Ambulance carries a full range of life saving medical equipment and two fully qualified paramedics, who are supported on a regular basis by a small team of dedicated doctors. The helicopter is operated in daylight hours, seven days per week, 365 days per year. The Air Ambulance has the benefit of having an additional seat to carry a carer or parent, which can be very important if the patient is a sick or injured child. It can transport one patient with the ability to treat and care in the air and has the provision for two stretchers in the case of an extreme medical emergency situation. (source: TVACAA)

Patch TVACAA operates across the three counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB).  However, Air Ambulances have no clinical boundaries and can often be called out to attend emergencies in neighbouring counties when further assistance is required by the resident Air Ambulance. (Source: TVACAA)
The Golden Hour The 'Golden Hour' is a term often used in emergency medicine to denote the vital period immediately after an accident or the onset of an acute illness. Patient survival rates are improved if treatment is provided within this 'Golden Hour' and the Air Ambulance has the ability to provide the speed and treatment that can make all the difference. (Source: TVACAA)

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