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Helicopter emergency medical services

On 1 November 2018, a partnership was formalised between UHS, as the major trauma centre for the southern region, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).

HIOWAA are now fully responsible for funding the service, while UHS manages and provides clinical governance for the critical care teams of doctors and paramedics. SCAS continues as the dispatch authority.

Benefits of this new partnership include

  • stepping up the commitment to developing and expanding our critical care team of paramedics and doctors
  • bringing two HIOWAA critical care team vehicles into operation, both with specialist equipment
  • focusing on providing our teams of paramedics and doctors with more expanded career challenges
  • improving the systems used to collect and analyse our data.

You can read more about HIOWAA on their website.