Great Western Air Ambulance Charity would like to reassure the public that during the COVID-19 outbreak our Critical Care Team will do our absolute best to continue to operate and be there for anyone that urgently needs us.
Please rest assured that we are monitoring the situation closely, following all of the current guidelines, and are taking all necessary steps and precautions to ensure patient and crew safety. This means we have implemented steps such as extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), stopped all non-essential personnel from visiting the air base, and implemented new remote working practices for our staff.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work to adapt to the ever-changing environment to continue delivering urgent critical care to our community.
What we ask from you
As you are aware, this is a difficult time for everyone. Please ensure that you are following all of the current advice and guidelines to help us protect the vulnerable. For more information visit here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
We are a charity and can only continue to be there for the seriously ill or injured with your help. Unfortunately, we are in the process of cancelling or rearranging a large number of events, large and small, which would have provided much needed income. If you have a full collection tin or something else to give us, please drop us a line and let us know, but it might be a while before we see you – we know you will understand why. Although the Government hasn’t told us this is mandatory yet, we think it is important to show leadership and act decisively to keep our staff, volunteers, supporters and the general public as safe as they can be.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone – financially, practically or emotionally. However, you can still help your local air ambulance in other ways. Whether it’s clearing out your house for items to donate to our new charity shop, filling out a volunteer application you’ve always wanted to do, sharing and commenting on our posts on social media or leaving a gift in your will – you can help us get through this difficult time. Find out more here: https://greatwesternairambulance.com/how-to-help/
Above all, please look after yourselves and each other in our communities.