February Talk – the work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

This talk by John Glenister explained how they had to raise £6.8 million annually to fund their service. They cover 3,700 square miles of south east England wit ha transient population of about 19 million. They are one of 18 air ambulance groups in the country and are accessed via the 999 system. The call handler has to decide if they are needed – about 5-6 per 1000 calls. They treat the severe cases and are much quicker than road based ambulances and deal with around 2,400 cases per annum. We hoped we would never need them but members added to the speakers fee for which we were thanked