In 2020, we were called to 1,726 people in urgent need across the region, an average of almost five patients a day. Our Critical Care Crew attend to the most critically ill or injured within our region when they need it the most, either by helicopter or in one of our rapid response critical care cars. Our crew consists of Critical Care Doctors, Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care and, if flying, a highly trained and experienced Pilot.
Despite the challenges of 2020, our crew have remained right here and ready for those in need, continuing to provide their lifesaving service throughout the pandemic.
We saw lower call-outs across March and April with the national lockdown, which saw our crew step up to support our NHS colleagues by assisting with inter-hospital transfers for critically-ill intensive care patients.
Despite this, the need for our service has remained high throughout the year, with each mission costing an average of £2,000 to attend, and many of our fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. As a charity, we need to raise £4 million a year to remain operational and rely on the communities we serve to help us continue to be here for the future.