Charity Thing

I think I've mentioned it before that the Helicopter Emergency Medical is a charity, it receives no funding from the health service or the government. That big whirly thing in the sky that swoops down on Londoners who have been mashed up by large chunks of machinery? Charity all the way.

A stupid way to fund a service that, when it is needed, provides some serious assistance to some of our trickiest jobs.

There are two men who are undertaking a painful operation in order to raise money to continue providing this service… Well, I'll let them tell you.

After a night out on the town and a few beers, myself and a colleague from White Star Medical Ltd have agreed to have our chest, belly and legs waxed in aid of London Air Ambulance (White Star Medical's charity of the year).

This event is planned for Monday 2nd October at The Blind Beggar public house in Whitechapel by The Royal London Hospital where the London Air Ambulance is based.

It costs £1,000 just for the London Air Ambulance to take off and save lives! They take off 3 – 4 times a day and this financial year will need £750,000 to cover rising costs of fuel, insurance and so on.

It's going to hurt, so help the pain with a donation!

*** If I make the target of £2,000 I will put a movie of the event on the Internet for everyone to see ***

So go here to sponsor them.

Brave souls, I'd have to raise more than £2,000 to wave goodbye to my manly chest hair (and back hair/belly hair/leg hair/foot hair/nasal hair/shoulder hair…)

(Don't worry about the charge the site makes – it works out cheaper than processing cheques and the like).

4 thoughts on “Charity Thing”

  1. I've made a note and will be on it as soon as pay day comes. I'm already digging into the overdraft this month….(I just got a new job though, full time! Less time to comment on blogs, but more money!)

    BTW, If you did do something for chairdee I think you'd get a pretty good response. I wonder if sponsored blogging would work…

  2. Sorry – you won't be seeing ME contributing to the air ambulance.I was involved in a cost / benefit study of the first one. It's noisy, impressive … and ineffectual.

    Keep helicopters for offshore rescues, heart attacks on Mt. Snowdon and lost child searches in the coutryside.

    In town, a motorbike paramedic will reach the casualty as fast as the 'copter. And the 'bike paramedic is at the scene – the whirleybird is 100ft above, waiting for the traffic police to clear the road so he can land.

    We could have 5 motorbike paramedics (attending to five DIFFERENT heart attacks across London) for the cost of the one heccilopter.

    Yes – it's impressive – but the cost/ benefit analysis seems to say it does NOT work (better than simpler/ cheaper sources of help) inside the M25 or anywhere built up.

    There is (as yet) _no_ reported set of accounts where a helicopter service has saved more lives than you would have saved by spending the SAME moey on boring old Paramedic on 'bikes and in cars. Big name sponsors like Virgin or the newspapers like paying for a helicopter – but if saving lives matters – the same funds spent on CONVENTIONAL lifesavers (and the motorcycle paramedics) would be much more use.

    Until we have 'Jetsons' type flying cars that can land in an unprepared urban environment, we have to think in terms of wheeled vehicles to carry our lifesavers (in town).



    PS: In any case, the RAF and Navy are the only people whose pilots are really good enough for low level, high stress, emergency flying…

  3. I'd have thought they were quite useful for getting patients to hospital rather than the paramedics to the patient. Can't transport a patient on a motorbike. I'm sure there are situations where moving a patient by road would be less beneficial than by the helicopter. I find it hard to believe people would work so hard to maintain a service just because it's “impressive”. They must think there is some value to it.

  4. I think the heli pilot is ex-RAF.I know where you are coming from, but they do excel at a couple of things. With long extrications they are excellent, if you need someone who is agitated sedated for transport they are good. Ditto for 'live' intubations (whatever you might think of out of hospital intubations, sometimes they are worth the risk).

    They are also good for transporting to specialist units – best example was a burnt kiddie taken to a paediatric burns unit.

    They do tend to be overused which I think is part of the problem. But they are good when they are needed.

    The problem with bike paramedics, or extra trucks is that they will be used to fulfill ORCON rather than emergency patient care.

    If we get more trucks, then we'll use more trucks on people with stubbed toes with (difficulty in breathing).

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