TCAA Director of Operations Richard Clayton says, “Our new Oxford location means we can work even more closely with our NHS Clinical Partners, enabling us to deliver the highest level of pediatric neonatal care to the southern regions of England. We are looking forward to working with supporters from across the region to ensure we’re able to keep our aircraft flying, keep hope alive and importantly, keep families together.”
The Leonardo AW169 helicopter is being housed in one of the airport’s newly refurbished hangars. Its bespoke equipment onboard includes a specially designed stretcher system and clinical interior, incubator, and an extra seat for a parent to be able to accompany their child. The AW169s represent the only flying intensive care units in the country.
The central location enables the TCAA to be able to launch missions from the airport with its high-speed transfer service, working with specialist NHS transfer teams to help save young lives. Since its operations began in 2012, the TCAA and its clinical partners have completed over 300 missions. With their new location, and the ability to transfer the critically ill from local hospitals to specialist pediatric and neonatal treatment centers, the charity hopes to be able to increase to around 600 missions per year.
Andi Alexander, Managing Director of London Oxford Airport commented,” We…are delighted to have reached a point where we now have this fantastic helicopter based here at the airport. We wish them well and hope to help where we can in raising awareness of the great service they are providing for pediatric and neonatal patients and the need for rapid and comfortable transportation for those who are critically ill.”
The Children’s Air Ambulance is funded entirely by donations and works closely with nine NHS Clinical Partner Teams.