East Anglian Air Ambulance flew its 20,000th mission before end of 2016

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 04 January 2017

East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance

It is an emergency service that provides urgent medical support across Suffolk and Essex, and before the end of 2016 the East Anglian Air Ambulance had flown its 20,000th mission.

Doctor Marcel Rigaud and critical care paramedic Gary Spitzer attended the 20,000th mission, along with pilots Captain Gavin Blake and Captain Chris Sherriff.

Matthew Jones, EAAA’s director of operations, said: “The milestone passed without us even noticing because every mission is equally important to us and of course to the patient concerned.”

The milestone was achieved when crews attended a crash in Saffron Walden on November 29.

EAAA first launched in 2000, providing paramedic cover one day a week in Norfolk. Today, it provides advanced clinical care 365 days a year from its bases in Cambridge and Norwich, attending patients with life-threatening or life-changing injuries or medical emergencies such as traffic collisions and cardiac arrests across the region.

EAAA was the first air ambulance charity to get approval for night Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations and for the last six years has provided a doctor and critical care paramedic team on every shift.

It attends an average of 200 missions per month.

Mr Jones added: “At our current rate, the next 20,000 missions will take eight years or less to complete.”

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