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Answered: Your Questions about Air Ambulances

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Answered: Your Questions about Air Ambulances

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What is an air ambulance?

An air ambulance, as the name implies, is a special type of aircraft whose purpose is to transport sick or injured patients from one location to another, often between counties. These aircraft come readily equipped with medical apparatus, together with medical personnel on board, to ensure the safety and stability of the patient’s condition while in transit.

Aside from the transport of patients, air ambulances are also commonly used in the transport of crucial material needed to save a patient’s life, such as organs, blood samples, plasma, and frozen section samples from biopsies.

What are the types of air ambulances?

Air ambulances are grouped into two classes:

  1. Air ambulance planes
  2. Helicopter air ambulances.

Air Ambulance Planes

Fixed wing air ambulances planes are aircraft powered by either turboprop engines or jet engines. They are used for a variety of purposes, such as medical evacuations (medevac), , Medical Repatriations, sea level flights and organ transportation.

Turboprop planes are the slowest of the two fixed wing air ambulances. They however provide the convenience of being able to fly over medium distances, for example, within a country’s borders or between neighboring countries, as well as take off and land in smaller, shorter regional airports and airstrips. They are also much cheaper to operate than their jet engine counterparts. The King Air 90, King Air 200, Fairchild Metro and Piper Cheyenne are the turboprop air ambulances we use regularly.

Jet powered air ambulances fly much faster, and have a much longer range, giving them the ability to cross continents with ease. It is for this reason that they are the preferred choice for medical repatriation across continents. Some of the jets we use as air ambulances include: Challenger 604, Citation Sovereign, Citation Bravo, Learjet 31, Learjet 35, Learjet 35A, Learjet 36, Learjet 45 and Learjet 55 or 60 ambulance jets.

 Ambulance Helicopters

Rotary wing air ambulances, also known as ambulance helicopters, are powered by rotary blades which generate lift and enable the aircraft to take off. They provide the following benefits for patient transfer:

  • The ability to take off and land vertically means that they can access remote locations easily.
  • They can cover short distances very fast, which makes them the best option of transport for patients or organ transfers between hospitals due to their speed and flexibility

Our ambulance helicopters include the EC 135, EC 145, AS 350, AS 35, Bell 212, and BK 117. They are all fitted with modern medical equipment, and carry an experienced doctor and medical personnel on board.

What sets Medical Repatriation UK apart?

First and foremost, our air ambulances are readily available and stationed across the world, and can be deployed to any location globally at any time for a repatriation back to the United Kingdom.

We can organize an air ambulance at short notice, with our highly specialized medical teams on call around the clock. We guarantee very short lead times, as we fully understand the urgency of medical evacuation and repatriation. Often, the repatriation can take place on the same day or the next day.

Medical Repatriation UK has carried out worldwide medical repatriations for many years now and counting. We have amassed plenty of experience and expertise in helping our customers in difficult emergency situations, and successfully and safely brought them back to the UK for treatment.

We also provide bed to bed services, which facilitates the entire repatriation process by incorporating ground ambulances that will safely transfer the patient to and from the airport for their medical flight, thereby avoiding additional organisational effort by family and friends. This also ensures that the ground vehicle is adequately and appropriately equipped to handle the transfer of the patient upon disembarking from the air ambulance. Additionally, we organize all documentation necessary on behalf of the patient, and if requested, for the persons accompanying them as well.

How can I contact Medical Repatriation UK?

We are available 24/7 for queries about medical repatriations to the UK from anywhere around the globe. Our multilingual team is happy to assist you with a free consultation and to provide you with a no-obligation quote. We offer personal communication with our customers, even on weekends and holidays, and process requests in the shortest time possible.

Upon providing the health information of the patient, we will generate a quotation in writing that is non-committal and can be amended if there are any changes in the medical repatriation plan by contacting us with any further information.

Feel free to reach us for all your air ambulance needs for a free, no obligation quote through any of the means below: