Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNNA) will be able to carry out more missions as doctors return to the ambucopter.
Over the last few weeks, some of the charity’s doctors had been called back to the NHS from their shifts with LNAA to support hospitals in coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with some crew members self-isolating, it meant that the charity had to scale back night missions and projected we wouldn’t be able to fly at all, at night, through May.
But some of those crew members, including doctors, are now able to fulfil some shifts with us which means we can provide around 50% night-time cover through May.
“It was absolutely right that some of our doctors returned to support the NHS in coping with the Coronavirus where needed and we are so proud of these members of the LNAA team,” said LNAA CEO, Karen Jobling.
“We’re delighted that some of these clinicians are now able to come back to us and provide front-line, pre-hospital critical care that helps to saves lives across Lincs & Notts.
“We, like everyone else, are reacting to an ever-changing picture and doing our best to plan ahead but we remain alert to the fact that things are changing on a daily basis.”
“We are on hand to provide mutual aid for neighbouring air ambulances where and when needed and remain committed to supporting the NHS in whatever capacity we can,” added Mrs Jobling.
Seeking precious funds
LNAA has launched a fundraising appeal as the charity anticipates a loss of up to £3 million because of the pandemic. Already the charity has had to close its shops and cancel vital fundraising activities which, over the spring and summer months, provide a significant boost to its income.
Karen said: “Thank you to all of the people who have donated to LNAA. Without the generosity of the people of Lincs & Notts, we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out the life-saving work we do. You really do save lives and help to keep us flying.”