Re­ceiv­ing help from above

Air am­bu­lance aid for West Lon­don­ers

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

NEARLY 200 peo­ple across seven west Lon­don bor­oughs were treated in the first six months of the year by Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance (LAA).

The char­ity which helps saves lives has re­leased sta­tis­tics for the pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary 2016 and June 2016, as part of Na­tional Air Am­bu­lance Week (NAAW).

Of the 917 pa­tients treated across Lon­don, 198 ca­su­al­ties (more than 20% of the to­tal) were from West­min­ster, Hilling­don, Har­row, Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, Houn­slow, Eal­ing, and Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea.

West­min­ster, along with Lam­beth bor­ough, were the busiest ar­eas in the cap­i­tal with 64 pa­tients treated in the first six months of the year.

The sec­ond high­est num­ber of ca­su­al­ties treated in west Lon­don were in Hilling­don where 38 pa­tients re­quired treat­ment from LAA, fol­lowed by 29 in Eal­ing.

The bor­ough with the fewest num­ber of pa­tients in need of air am­bu­lance as­sis­tance were in Houn­slow where there were 11 pa­tients. Just last week, LAA were called to the scene of a stab­bing in Heston where a man re­quired surgery af­ter be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal.

MP for Brent­ford and Isle­worth Ruth Cad­bury said: “If any res­i­dent in Brent­ford and Isle­worth can spare time dur­ing Na­tional Air Am­bu­lance Week I urge them to get in­volved and help the char­ity con­tinue to pro­vide an ad­vanced trauma team for Lon­don.”

In other parts of west Lon­don, 20 pa­tients were treated in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham; closely fol­lowed by Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea where there were 19 pa­tients; and Har­row with 17.

Vol­un­teers have been spot­ted across busy Lon­don sta­tions rais­ing aware­ness of the char­ity and shak­ing buck­ets for do­na­tions.

Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan is call­ing for peo­ple to back the char­ity.

He said: “I urge Lon­don­ers to get in­volved, do­nate and sup­port the doc­tors, paramedics, pi­lots and staff at the coal­face of emer­gency care.”

Data from LAA also re­vealed on av­er­age each month a doc­tor and paramedic from the LAA per­form 46 anaes­thet­ics, eight open heart surg­eries and eight blood trans­fu­sions on the road­side.

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