Monday 16 December 2019

Air Corps complete 100th air ambulance mission

Call Sign 'Irish 253' air side at Heathrow Airport London after transferring a time critical patient to the NHS. Photo: Air Corps
Call Sign 'Irish 253' air side at Heathrow Airport London after transferring a time critical patient to the NHS. Photo: Air Corps

Sarah Stack

The Irish Air Corps has completed its 100th air ambulance mission of the year.

A young patient was transferred from Casement Aerodrome in Dublin to Heathrow Airport, London, where the youngsters was rushed to hospital for treatment by an ambulance.

Using the call sign 'Irish 253', the Casa CN235 fixed wing aircraft was deployed at 5.30pm on Saturday and landed in  the busy London airport at 7 pm.

“This mission was a significant milestone for the Air Corps, in what has been a busy year for both national and international transfers of patients,” said a spokesman.

“Their ability to conduct multiple missions using fixed wing and rotary wing assets meant that on several occasions in 2014 multiple Air Ambulance missions were completed simultaneously. “

In the last two weeks alone the Air Corps transferred three patients to hospitals in Ireland and four patients to hospitals in the UK.

Crews have also been called on for international transfers to other European Countries during 2014.

“Missions like the rapid transfer to London Saturday night are especially important to Irish children requiring transplants,” a spokesman added.

“These time critical patients are included in the UK’s donor pool and so rely on the speedy transport of the Air Corps when they receive a call to the UK for a transplant.”

The London Sky Line at night viewed from Call Sign 'Irish 253' as it departs after air ambulance mission. Photo: Air Corps
The London Sky Line at night viewed from Call Sign 'Irish 253' as it departs after air ambulance mission. Photo: Air Corps

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