Project information

Portable Ultrasound Monitors

On board Wiltshire Air Ambulance we have all the kit you would find on a land ambulance, with extra specialist equipment, paid for by donations, to enable our crew to provide the best medical care possible - in effect, bringing a mobile A&E to the people of Wiltshire and helping to save more lives.

A one day training course will need to be undertaken once the portable ultrasound monitors have been purchased.

Charity information: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

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  • Need


    When someone suffers a trauma injury fluid (blood) can build up in the abdomen, pelvis and pericardium – the outer covering sac of the heart. A build-up of fluid after a trauma injury can cause cardiac tamponade (compression of the heart) an emergency condition often requiring emergency surgery.


    A portable ultrasound machine on board Wiltshire Air Ambulance would enable our paramedics to inspect the inside of patient’s body prior to transport and potentially speed up clinical decisions and increase survival prospects.

    It can also be used to diagnose serious lung and vascular (arteries or veins) emergencies and can diagnose a low cardiac out-put state, the amount of blood the heart pumps in 1 minute, in a patient suffering a cadiac arrest.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase two portable ultrasound monitors for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.


    » We hope to raise enough money during the Big Give Christmas Challenge to purchase both monitors.

    Success will be raising sufficent funds to purchase two portable Ultrasound monitors for use on board Wiltshire Air Ambulance and our Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)

  • Impact


    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, equipment on board and the expert medical care provided by the WAA crew ensure that this Golden Hour is achieved wherever possible. A portable ultrasound monitor would be a valuable addition to the equipment carried on board and would enable us to continue to save lives in Wiltshire.


    The risk is that we do not raise enough funds to be able to purchase two portable ultrasound monitors for on board the helicopter and our RRV. If we do not raise sufficient funds during the challenge then we will have to submit applications to grant making organisations for the balance of the project. This will all take time and this funding is not guaranteed.


    We will report the progress of the project to donors either by post or email depending on their preferences. We will also use social and traditional media to report on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,600 Equipment and Training Two portable ultrasound monitors and a one day Pre-Hopsital Emergency Ultrasound Course
  • Background


    From its base in Devizes Wiltshire Air Ambulance can reach anywhere in the county within 11 minutes. Wherever it lands it is never more than 8 minutes away from a receiving A&E hospital, although a patient is always flown to the most appropriate hospital rather than the closest to ensure they can continue to receive the best possible care. For example, if a patient has suffered severe burns they may be flown straight to the specialist burns unit at Cardiff Hospital rather than to the nearest A&E


    For 25 years, the helicopter and crew have been involved in more than 15,000 missions involving medical emergencies and accidents, ranging from serious sports injuries to multiple vehicle collisions. We attend, on average, 2-3 potentially life-saving missions a day. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is available up to 19 hours a day with 12% of call outs at night; this vital service offers patients the best possible prospect of survival and full recovery

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wiltshire Air Ambulance and its life saving crew have been saving lives in the county of Wiltshire and beyond for 25 years.

    For every £1 raised only 16p is spent on fundraising.

    But more than anything it is the difference we make to people like Ron Newman, who was seriously injured after being knocked off his bike:

    “What Wiltshire Air Ambulance did for me was incredible.”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Rod Mackenzie - Honorary Medical Director

    Rod is career Emergency Physician with a specialist clinical interest in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine and an academic interest in injury prevention

    Richard Miller

    Richard has been a member of Wiltshire Air Ambulance crew since 2001 and is the Clinical Support Officer for the whole team of Paramedics at the base.

    Dr Ed Valentine

    Ed Valentine is a HEMS Doctor for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and is also a member of the Wiltshire SWIFT Medics team.

VScan Portable Ultrasound Monitor

VScan Portable Ultrasound Monitor

These ultrasound monitors could help save lives

Richard Miller - Clinical Support Officer