Welcome to the Surrey Air Ambulance
Surrey was one of only a few counties in the UK that did not have its own dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service - HEMS, but this all will changed in June 2007! There are currently 16 independent air ambulance operators all of which are registered charities and funded entirely by charitable donations, receiving no Government or National Lottery funding.
The Surrey Air Ambulance Appeal was launched in June 2005 at Brooklands Motor Museum by former High Sheriff of Surrey Penelope Keith OBE. The appeal target was set at a quarter of a million pounds and this total was achieved in December 2006.
Responding swiftly to 999 calls, air ambulances are able to deliver a medical crew to the scene of an accident or medical emergency and to transport patients to the nearest major hospital or specialist unit, in a fraction of the time taken by a land ambulance. Surrey has a complete HEMS Service (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service), and employ's the highest possible clinical standards in pre hospital care.
The new HEMS service, will be based at Dunsfold Park, flying fast, direct and unhindered at over 150 miles per hour, the entire county can be reached in minutes.
Now the appeal has met its fundrasing target to have its own dedicated Air Ambulance the challenge now is to meet the yearly running costs of approximately £1.5 million to provide Surrey and neighboring Sussex with an emergency helicopter service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.