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The impact of a new regional air ambulance service on a large general hospital
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    Optimising deployment of air ambulances

    Dear Editor,

    The advantages of helicopter ambulance services are speed of response, access to remote areas, carriage of additional equipment (and personnel) and rapid transport to the nearest appropriate hospital. With an appropriately trained doctor on board, the air ambulance becomes a HEMS unit and offers hospital level immediate critical care at the scene. The challenge of course is to deploy this expensive re...

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    Delving deeper into the impacts of air ambulance services

    Dear Editor,

    In their study of the financial impact of a new Air Ambulance service on their institution, Jenkinson and colleagues identify 74 patients who were transported by helicopter from incident locations outside the usual catchment area of their hospital (1). Although the authors focused on the purely financial impact of this additional workload, they have highlighted an important issue for Air Ambulance se...

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