Air Ambulances UK (AAUK), the national organisation championing, supporting and representing the lifesaving work of the UK’s air ambulance charities are pleased to announce The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) as our newest member. Membership is offered to air ambulance charities, NHS Trusts and Ambulance Services as well as businesses and organisations involved with or supportive of the air ambulance sector.

Two helicopters, 1 Critical Care Care and 5 charity staff in an out-building - The Air Ambulance Service.

TAAS operates the national Children’s Air Ambulance and the local air ambulance services for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. Since starting their services in 2003, TAAS now fly two local air ambulances services, serving Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) along with Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

The Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children and flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care.

The membership coincides with the vision of AAUK; Together we will ensure the best possible chance of survival and patient outcome for everyone in need of lifesaving pre-hospital care.

Simmy Akhtar, AAUK CEO said “We are extremely pleased to welcome The Air Ambulance Service to our air ambulance community. We look forward to supporting, championing, and representing their invaluable work as they continue to provide their specialist lifesaving efforts. By working in collaboration with our colleagues across the UK we are better able to work towards our shared objective of saving more lives together whilst supporting innovation to achieve the highest and best possible specialist care for patients no matter where in the UK they are.”

Acting TAAS CEO Emma Peake said: “We are delighted to join Air Ambulance UK and look forward to working collaboratively with other organisations across the country as we strive to enhance the vital, lifesaving services our charities provide.

“By working together, we will be able play an active role within the national discussions surrounding the sector including the ability to influence and make an impact.

“We want to work towards saving more lives, wherever and whenever we are needed most and being aligned to a national network of similar organisations will only support our shared objective.”