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!

During the shift changeover period, the day crew and the late crew meet in the briefing room to complete a structured aviation and clinical handover. Clinicians change over at 4.00pm, pilots at 5.00pm. This is because pilots are only routinely authorised to fly at night for a maximum of nine hours.

The outgoing pilot will perform a handover to the incoming pilot who will ensure that the night vision goggles (NVGs) are set up correctly, before placing them in the aircraft. The whole team wear NVGs at night and they also have handheld satnav devices and head torches.

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