The Cornwall Air Ambulance is a dedicated helicopter emergency service for the English county of Cornwall. The helicopter flies approximately 1000 missions per annum, having flown over 20,000 missions. When introduced on 1 April 1987, Cornwall's Air ambulance became the first dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operational in the United Kingdom.
The helicopter is based at a hangar at Newquay Cornwall Airport (EGHQ), near Newquay, which enables servicing and maintenance to be carried out overnight, a task which proved impossible at the original open-air base at Treliske Hospital. The move to the new base has also given the Air Ambulance a more centrally located base, leading to even quicker response times in many parts of the county. It can be airborne in two minutes of a 999 call and flies at enabling fast paramedic support to the patient. It can cover the entire county in less than 20 minutes and reach the Isles of Scilly in 28 minutes. On average it takes 12... Read More