Wales Air Ambulance
Wales Air Ambulance
To provide the provision of a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service to treat and transport patients to the nearest A&E following a life threatening illness or injury.
An all Wales charity providing a vital service through emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illness or injuries.
Owing to its widely scattered population and diverse landscape, many in Wales live in isolated locations far from an accident and emergency service. Also, the ever increasing problem of traffic congestion and collisions in more urban areas denotes delayed response times for land ambulances. For these reasons, there is a recognised need for three helicopters on active duty 365 days a year.
It is widely believed that a patient’s chances of survival and early recovery are increased if they receive the right care within the first hour, otherwise known as the Golden Hour. The quick response times and the expert medical care provided by the Wales Air Ambulance crews across Wales ensure that this Golden Hour is achieved every time.
Each helicopter can be launched within 3 minutes of receiving an emergency call. From the three airbases, a helicopter can be anywhere in Wales within just 20 minutes.
WAA is funded by the people of Wales, relying on the public support to help keep them flying. The charity does not receive direct funding from the government and because they are classed as an emergency service they also fail to qualify for National Lottery funding. The money is therefore raised through charitable donations, fundraising events, and membership of their lifesaving lottery.
Wales Air Ambulance aims to:
- Our aim is to provide a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service across Wales to treat and transport patients to the nearest A&E within the "Golden Hour" following a life threatening illness or injury.
Established: March 2001
Registered Charity Number: 1083645
Phone number: 01978 799088
Address: Clwyd House 57 Regent St Wrexham LL11 1PFView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website