New Air Ambulance Type on show for the first time - Medical staff to be the first passengers

Wednesday, 02 April, 2008

The people of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire are to get their first glimpse of the new emergency helicopter that serves their counties after the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust (TVAC) have arranged for a similar aircraft to land at Marlow in Buckinghamshire and Weston-on-the Green near Bicester in Oxfordshire on Tuesday April 8th.

As an acknowledgment of the superb job done by the medical staff whose jobs relate to the air ambulance service across the three counties, TVAC have invited a nurse, a receptionist and an accident & emergency doctor to represent the region's main hospitals as the helicopter's first passengers.

The EC135 Eurocopter is the helicopter of choice for the emergency services providing a wide range of benefits over the existing air ambulance. It will be acquired on a lease from Bond Air Services, which will be taken over by TVAC and is expected to go into service in July 2008.

The helicopter which will, be available for the general public to inspect between 11.30 am- 12.30 pm at the Danesfield Hotel, Marlow and then from 15.30-16.30 pm at the Weston Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green.

Press Preview
From am 10am at Marlow
From 2pm at Weston-on-the-Green
Please confirm attendance by calling
Rachael Hunter on 01628 511691

TVAC Chairman of Trustees, Colin Lee said: "It had been suggested to us that we should invite a celebrity to officiate at the launch. On reflection, we decided that the helicopter is the real star of the show and by inviting members of the medical profession to be the first passengers, we are not only showing our commitment and appreciation of what they do, we are giving everyone the chance to speak with them about their work.

"We also hope that a number of former patients who have been airlifted will attend on the day.

"The arrival of this new helicopter marks a significant new era in the development of the Air Ambulance service in our region.

"It will greatly improve our ability to deliver fast and effective emergency medical care and amongst its many benefits and improved features is increased capacity enabling a carer, like a concerned mother, to accompany a patient to hospital.

"Along with a new, technically advanced aircraft comes greater responsibility and greater demands on the staff at TVAC to maintain and increase fund-raising to ensure that we are always able to always provide the very best service to the general public."

Further information is available by contacting : Rachael Hunter, TVAC , Cedar Court, Grove Business Park, White Waltham, Berks, SL6 3LW Tel: 01628 511691

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