The East of England Pre-Hospital Critical Care Network

In the East of England, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust forms part of a regional Pre-Hospital Critical Care Network which delivers 24/7 enhanced emergency medical and trauma care across the region.

All 999 calls received by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) are monitored by the Critical Care Desk, staffed by a specially trained Dispatcher and Critical Care Paramedic. Their role is to identify the most serious or life-threatening incidents and send critical care resources to help treat severely ill patients. At the scene, these enhanced medical teams work alongside Ambulance Crews to ensure the best possible pre-hospital care before transferring the patient to hospital.

The Pre-Hospital Critical Care Network within the East of England includes EEAST’s extended skilled and Critical Care Paramedics and the following charities: the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, Basics Essex Accident Rescue Service, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Magpas Helimedix.

All of the Charities in the Pre-Hospital Critical Care Network rely entirely on voluntary donations to support their work. Working closely with these partner organisations Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is sharing best practice and helping deliver the highest possible levels of patient care in our region.

Association of Air Ambulances

The Association was established as a membership body for those organisations which form the air ambulance services in the UK.  The Association's membership which represents the majority of the air ambulance network is made up of charities, ambulance services and the supply chain that provides this valuable life saving service. Members are governed by a Code of Conduct which formally recognises the integral part that air ambulances play in the medical service provision. The success of the air ambulance services in providing a rapid response to life-threatening situations has been clearly established.

The importance of close co-operation between the different operations is paramount and  patient well-being is the number one priority when responding to an incident.  The Association is there to represent those involved not only operationally ie treating patients, but also looks at the bigger picture; representing the charitable trusts who fund the service, the operators, ambulance services and associated trades. The Association endeavours to build on existing relationships between all parties involved to develop a continually improving emergency response network, as well as working with its members to ensure good practice at all times.

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