Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to maintain reduced night service during Covid-19 crisis
The Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) is set to carry out more night missions again as its doctors return to the service.
Over the last few weeks, some LNAA doctors have been called back to the NHS to support hospitals in coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with some crew members self-isolating, it meant the LNAA had to scale back night missions and there were fears it wouldn’t be able to fly at all, at night, throughout May.
But some of those crew members, including doctors, are now able to fulfil some shifts with which means it can provide around 30 per cent night-time cover through this month.
Karen Jobling LNAA chief executive, said: “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.
“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.
“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.
LNAA has launched a fundraising appeal to help try and soften the blow of what is anticipated to be a £3 million loss the charity will suffer as a result of the pandemic, due to it having to close its shops and cancel fundraising activites.
Karen added: “Thank you to all of the people who have donated to LNAA.
“You really do save lives and help to keep us flying.”
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