On Friday, I met staff working for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), including Andy Williamson, the Chief Executive.
The DLRAA is a charity that works closely with the NHS to provide a vital emergency service, which often means the difference between life and death for many of its patients. Whether someone has had a stroke, a heart attack or a serious road accident, the Air Ambulance is able to reach them, even in the most remote of locations. After providing medical care at the scene, the Air Ambulance is then able to transport the patient to the most appropriate care, even if this means travelling miles to access specialist treatment.
The highlight of my visit was meeting Captain Dan Martin and Dr Kumar as they arrived back from an incident. I got to hear at first hand how they came to the rescue of a patient in dire need of emergency assistance. These really are our flying heroes.