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Unanimous Approval Puts Air Ambulance on Course for Night Flights

Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Dunsfold Park Ltd. was delighted by Monday night’s (18th October 2010) unanimous decision by Waverley Councillor’s to grant planning consent for the proposed extension of the Surrey Air Ambulance operating hours to include night flights.
The approval now allows the charity to actively explore the feasibility of night flying to achieve their long-term aspiration to be able to respond to emergencies at night and provide the same life-saving service during the hours of darkness that are provided during the day.

Jamie McAllister, Development Director, Dunsfold Park Ltd. comments: “We are very pleased with the support shown by Waverley Borough Council in their unanimous decision to grant consent for the Air Ambulance’s proposed night flights. This is a significant step forward in helping the Air Ambulance achieve their ultimate objective of being able to provide 24-hour emergency medical cover. We will continue to support their efforts in this vital addition to the invaluable service they offer to the communities in Surrey and Sussex.”

Surrey Air Ambulance Chief Executive Adrian Bell says: “I’m delighted we have been given permission for night flying and very grateful for the support we have received from Dunsfold Aerodrome in helping us to arrive at this situation. I see it as a very important step in developing our night flying capability.”

The Surrey Air Ambulance provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) to the people who live, work and travel through the county of Surrey.

Based at Dunsfold Aerodrome since 2007, the highly skilled team of Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses can reach emergency situations in any part of Surrey within 15 minutes. The helicopter, with its life-saving crew, reduces the delay for the patient to receive prompt and appropriate medical care and has the ability to transfer patients to the hospital or specialist trauma centre relevant to the injuries sustained.

The Surrey Air Ambulance is on standby to respond quickly to 999 calls, flying unhindered to an emergency scene across Surrey at speeds up to 150mph, 365 days a year. So far this year the Air Ambulance has flown 600 missions.