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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Sees Record Call Outs

LISTEN: Nick Harvey explains how donations are crucial in the live saving work they carry out

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance recorded  its busiest ever year as the country emerged from lockdown with an increased demand for our life-saving service. 

Emergency call outs soared well beyond pre-pandemic levels with crews at our Aberdeen and Perth airbases deployed 810 times during 2021 – a 76% increase on the previous year’s workload.

A total of 333 people were airlifted by Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) +140 with nearly three quarters being flown to the country’s four Major Trauma Centres at Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.

Scotland’s charity Air Ambulance  Chief Executive David Craig.

“We expected to become increasingly busy as the country returned to some semblance of normality following lockdown,” he said, “but the demands on our two helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles have been considerable throughout 2021.

“The fact that three quarters of our airlifted patients were flown to one of the country’s four Major Trauma Centres shows the high-acuity trauma our crews are dealing with,” added David. “Deploying with a specialist doctor-led team on 111 occasions has allowed us to deliver advanced critical care straight to the accident or emergency scene.

“SCAA’s speed and level of care have proven to be life-saving and our crews’ impressive work – during another challenging year – has seen us delivering more emergency care than ever before which reflects the demand for our service.”

David also thanked the fundraising public who ensured SCAA was online 12 hours a day, 365 days of the year, at both Aberdeen and Perth bases throughout 2021.

“It’s been a trying year for everyone,” he said “but our amazing supporters kept the charity in their hearts throughout, with their ongoing generosity enabling SCAA to take more care, more quickly to more people throughout the whole of Scotland than ever before.”

As Scotland’s only charity air ambulance, SCAA is funded by the people of Scotland, primarily through donations, fundraising, events and our life-saving lottery.

For more information about SCAA please visit there website at https://www.scaa.org.uk/

To donate please visit https://www.scaa.org.uk/donate

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