The Charity’s objective and its principal activity, is the relief of sickness and injury and the protection of human life, by the provision and support of an air ambulance service for the population of Dorset and Somerset. The vision for the Charity is to provide the maximum patient benefit by delivering a highly effective, clinically excellent and financially secure air ambulance service in the South West Region. Success in pursuit of this vision is measured in the demand for our clinical service from other health professionals (Ambulance Service Paramedics and NHS Hospital Trust Consultants). This is a better indicator than overall mission numbers since it points to a professional assessment of the standard of our clinical delivery. Further, our ability to sustain our income in excess of expenditure ensures that we can maintain our financial security into the future. To view our full accounts, please visit our page on the Charity Commission Website 

In the past year (1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017), a number of projects were completed or progressed. These included:

  • Carriage of blood products on the aircraft
  • The procurement of a new helicopter (AW169)
  • Transition to a new aircraft operator
  • Construction of new clinical training and aviation planning facilities, technical storage and upgraded crew facilities at our airbase
  • Preparation for a move from 12 to 19 hours of operation per day
  • Recruitment of a further 9 doctors and 4 paramedics
  • Purchase of additional clinical equipment including: ventilator, ultrasound, monitor and defibrillator, syringe drivers, chest compression system and suction unit.

This combination of developments mean that people in Dorset and Somerset now benefit from having the highest level of pre-hospital care, delivered in one of the most advanced air ambulance helicopters available anywhere in Europe.