Hopes rise for air ambulance

Sydney Anderson
Sydney Anderson

Progress made in establishing an air ambulance to serve in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by local MLA Sydney Anderson.

Mr Anderson stated, “My party colleague, Arlene Foster MLA, met recently with the trustees of Air Ambulance NI Ltd to discuss the way forward in terms of air ambulance provision for Northern Ireland. Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Limited has now been incorporated and is applying to the Northern Ireland Charity Commission for registration.

“Positive discussions also took place recently between Air Ambulance NI Ltd and Health Minister Simon Hamilton regarding air ambulance provision.

“There are 26 air ambulances serving on the mainland UK, yet no provision available in NI. This must change. The loss of Dr John Hinds was a real tragedy that has heightened interest in guaranteeing air ambulance provision. John’s vision was to see access to an air ambulance and it is now hoped that something can be brought forward in his memory which is of real need.”

It is believed that such a service would cost in and around £2.2 million per year to maintain. It is hoped an air ambulance service will soon be in operation from St Angelo Airport, Enniskillen.