Air Ambulance charities in England are invited to apply for a share of a £10million fund for upgraded equipment and facilities. In total there are 18 air ambulance charities in England eligible to apply for up to £2million of grant funding
The air ambulance grant will primarily support projects that benefit people, by making an impact on patients in relation to their health outcomes or their experience. For example, projects which enable an increase in the number of patients who receive enhanced pre-hospital critical care (in the ‘golden hour’) would be likely to lead to improved patient outcomes as a result of receiving quicker or more appropriate medical care before arriving at the emergency department.
Health Minister Stephen Hammond said:
“Generous donations from the public help keep air ambulances in the air and this £10 million will help to ensure that they’re equipped to provide lifesaving care to patients in need.
“The NHS Long Term Plan will improve emergency care for all patients, including those treated by air ambulances charities. Today’s funding recognises their unwavering contribution to our health service and, combined with essential public donations, will ensure these charities can have world-class facilities to match their reputation for world-class care.”
Applications close on 8 March 2019 with funding to be allocated in April.