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The Children's Air Ambulance Completes 100th Transfer
TCAA pilots and NHS retrieval team
On Friday 24th October, The Children's Air Ambulance (TCAA) Charity reached a magnificent milestone - by completing their 100th emergency helicopter transfer. They had received a request to assist NHS retrieval service Embrace, Yorkshire and Humber, Infant and Children's Transport Service, to help move one of their most vulnerable little patients across the country for specialist paediatric care.

TCAA is the only paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country - a flying intensive care unit dedicated to children. The service flies critically ill children to the treatment they desperately need. They work with a number of NHS retrieval services throughout the country to fly patients to Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) so they can receive specialist care. This can be for a variety of reasons including cardiac, neurological and respiratory illnesses.

On Friday, TCAA pilots John and Alistair flew the Embrace transport team, and their young patient, over 160 miles to get them to the care they required as quickly as possible. This journey was completed in just 58 minutes, having flown over several major road networks and busy cities. By road the drive would have taken up to 3 hours, maybe even longer on a Friday afternoon as the rush hour traffic starts to build. Journeys made with TCAA are commonly about four times faster than a transfer by road. In many cases, time saved is a life saved.

Embrace, Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children's Transport Service was the first team to transfer a patient with TCAA, and since then have completed a total of 44 air transfers using this service.

Steve Hancock, Lead Consultant for Embrace said:
"Embrace, Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children's Transport Service, are very proud to have provided the clinical care on the 1st and the 100th flight by The Children's Air Ambulance. These are important landmarks in the development of this vital service for the care of critically ill babies and children in the UK. We often have to transfer our patient's long distances and The Children's Air Ambulance helicopter allows us to give the best care possible when time is critical."

The Charity is looking forward to building on this fantastic collaboration that has formed with Embrace, and all of their NHS partner teams as we head into 2015.

CEO of TCAA, Andy Williamson says:
"The aim of our Charity is to help keep hope alive for critically ill children and their families during their greatest hour of need. I'm very proud that we've reached this momentous moment, and I'm delighted to be part of an organisation of staff, volunteers and supporters that have worked extremely hard to make this happen."

Since their first patient transfer in May 2013, it's thanks to the support of the public that TCAA has been able to undertake all 100 transfers. The Charity receives no Government funding, and is funded entirely through voluntary donations, fundraising events and corporate sponsorship. Please help them continue to provide this amazing service and be there for 100 more children.

To find out how you can support TCAA visit www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk or call 08454 130999.

The Children's Air Ambulance Completes 100th Transfer, 28th October 2014, 17:09 PM