20 Years By Your Side

For the last 20 years we have been by the side of people across Dorset and Somerset and you have been with us all the way. We have been tasked to thousands of missions and have helped to save so many lives. During this time, our service has been able to improve and enhance beyond recognition; none of this would have been possible without your support!

The need for our service is rising year on year; we must make sure we continue to be there for the next 20 years and beyond. Your support is vital; we simply can’t do this without you!

We would love you to join us today and support our '20 Years By Your Side' Campaign!

Your donations and brilliant fundraising really do make a difference to patients' lives, thank you!

The pilot’s aim is to find the closest and safest landing site to the incident. During the day, an area of 30m diameter is the minimum space in which the helicopter can land (60m x 30m at night). When a landing site is selected, the crew will carry out a recce, looking for any hazards, before committing to landing.

If they are unable to land within the vicinity of the patient, the clinicians will either ask if
assistance from the police is available to help them get to the scene, ‘flag down’ a lift from a passer-by or alternatively, as is often the case, they will walk. In this instance, the pilot will remain with the aircraft and wait for a call to let them know whether the patient is being airlifted to hospital or whether the clinicians are ground assisting the patient by road ambulance.

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