Mission Map 2016: 1,864 Patients Treated


Thursday 27th April 2017

Today we released our mission statistics for 2016 to raise awareness of the work our charity does 24/7 to save lives across the capital. 

Key statistics include:

  • 1,864 patients were treated in the capital and our charity also supported the medical response at significant incidents including the Croydon tram crash.
  • Top three busiest postcodes include Westminster (123 patients treated), Lambeth (117 patients treated) and Tower Hamlets (97 patients treated)
  • Busiest postcodes include SE1 (50 patients treated), W1 (41 patients treated) and CR0 (40 patients treated)
  • Of the 1,864 patients treated, the mechanisms of injury were: 33% (606) Road Traffic Collisions, 27% (500) Stabbings & Shootings, 22% (417) Fall from Height and 18% (341) Other (including incidents on the rail networks, hangings and drownings).

Our charity attends and treats those patients who have sustained a traumatic injury and are in need of urgent medical intervention. Via aircraft or rapid response car, an advanced trauma doctor and paramedic is delivered to the patient, bringing the hospital emergency department directly to the scene. In its history our team have attended the majority of major incidents in London, including 7/7, the Paddington Rail crash and the recent Westminster attack. Providing the 24/7 service costs £8.7 million per year, which is mostly funded through charitable donations.

Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, said: “The charity is here to serve everyone in London at all times.  Trauma is the biggest killer of people under the age of 45, including children, and can sadly happen to anyone, anywhere.  By releasing these statistics we are hoping to raise awareness of the vital work that we do to treat the critically injured, and show more people that we are a charity.

"With two helicopters to maintain, and the extension of our daylight flying hours in the summer months, the cost of providing our service to London has increased to £8.7 million each year. Donations are needed now more than ever and I am urging people to please continue to support the charity Your help - whether that’s donating, volunteering, taking part in an event or asking the organisation you work for to support us – really does make a difference.”

Top Ten Busiest Boroughs 2016                 Top Ten Busiest Postcodes 2016
1.Westminster (123 patients treated)         1.SE1 (50 patients treated)
2.Lambeth (117 patients treated)         2.W1 (41 patients treated)
3.Tower Hamlets (97 patients treated)         3.CR0 (40 patients treated)
4.Hackney (86 patients treated)                 4.E1 (35 patients treated)
5.Croydon (79 patients treated)                 5.E14 (27 patients treated)
6.Lewisham (79 patients treated)         6.NW1 (27 patients treated)
7.Enfield (76 patients treated)                 7.IG11 (26 patients treated)
8.Newham (74 patients treated)                 8.SE18 (26 patients treated)
9.Greenwich (73 patients treated)         9.SW1 (26 patients treated)
10.Hillingdon (70 patients treated)                10.SW9 (25 patients treated)

Our charity treats on average five critically injured people in London each day. Barts Health NHS Trust provides our doctors and some financial support and the London Ambulance Service provides the paramedics and the emergency infrastructure to dispatch the service. We have a world class reputation for delivering clinical innovation and excellence at the roadside. Since our charity's inception 28 years ago, we have treated over 36,000 patients.


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