News Blog Letter from the Chair - Autumn 2019 The summer months have been a busy period for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, with a significant increase in the number of patients cared for by our Critical Care Team. This year, we have seen an exponential rise, partly due to the increase in our flying hours, but also due to the development of an enhanced care facility provided by our road vehicle, which has been situated in areas (and during the times) that show a potential high demand for pre-hospital care. Further projects, which have involved the team working ever closer with those who are responsible for tasking us to incidents, is also helping to ensure we reach the patients who will benefit most from our care.Several members of our Clinical Team have become examiners in the national pre-hospital examinations, currently hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This accolade demonstrates their commitment and professionalism and is an indication of the high quality of education and training they also receive. Once again, the sun shone on the day of our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge. This year I took part and was joined by hundreds of others. Despite some steep ups and downs, it was amazing how much everyone enjoyed themselves, including the supporters along the route and at the various pit stops! Our Picnic with Peggy event took place on Sunday 14th July and was such a lovely day. I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank Richard and Tracey Killen for their generosity in hosting the event. The work of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance depends on the generosity of all of you who donate or money or give up your time to support the Charity. In times of increasing pressure and demand on NHS resources, it is thanks to you that we are able to introduce change, develop and constantly strive to improve the service we provide. Thank you all!