World class service in a world class city

We treat an average of five* seriously injured patients every 24 hours.

*(2017 data)

Trauma patients can suffer injuries that must be corrected quickly in order to prevent death or life-long disability. Our team works alongside the London Ambulance Service to provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury. Our advanced trauma doctor and paramedic can perform procedures to relieve pain, straighten broken limbs, perform open heart surgery to restart the heart, control internal bleeding, give blood and deliver emergency general anaesthesia. At the roadside. Within minutes of injury.

Pre-hospital care defines the delivery of medical care before the patient arrives at hospital. This may be on a street, in an alleyway, under a train or in a field. We bring the hospital to the patient… wherever that may be.

We provide the same medical treatments that you would expect from an Emergency Department, operating theatre or Intensive Care Unit. We bring the hospital directly to our patients.  

Some of our patients would not have survived without our intervention during this phase. London’s Air Ambulance has provided pre-hospital care in London for 29 years and our dedicated teams have helped more than 38,000 patients.

“We feel incredibly privileged to provide advanced pre-hospital care for London. Our dedicated and highly capable teams constantly strive to deliver excellent medical care wherever it is needed.”

Dr Anne Weaver
London’s Air Ambulance Consultant

We can perform open heart surgery for patients in traumatic cardiac arrest at the roadside – a procedure performed in an attempt to restart the heart, usually after a stab wound to the chest. We have an 18% survival rate for this procedure, the highest in the world. Find out more about our work.

We serve the 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25 in the moments of their greatest need.

If you are able, please help us continue and expand this life-saving service.

London’s Air Ambulance is a charity that operates in partnership with both Barts Health NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service.

Barts Health employs and remunerates the advanced trauma doctors who are seconded to the service, as well as providing some direct financial support and the helipad facility for the charity’s operations.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) similarly provide paid paramedics who are seconded to the service. A London’s Air Ambulance advanced trauma paramedic operates from the LAS control room and is responsible for dispatching us to the most critically injured people in London, 24 hours a day.