London’s Air Ambulance honoured at national awards ceremony
PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 November 2013
The achievements of London’s Air Ambulance were recognised at a national awards ceremony this week.
Hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, the inaugural Association of Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence saw London scoop four prestigious awards.
Based on the rooftop of Whitechapel’s Royal London Hospital, the London Air Ambulance deliver an advanced trauma team to critically injured people all over the capital.
Medical director Dr Gareth Davies picked up a lifetime achievement award for his efforts in leading the organisation through its transformation into a global leader.
Dr Davies played a key role in London becoming the UK’s first Air Ambulance to carry a doctor on board after witnessing the benefits during an accident in the world-famous Isle of Man TT race.
“It seemed obvious to me that the public deserved the same standard of care if they crashed a bike or fell off a roof,” he said.
Lead parademic Graham Chalk has selected trained and mentored hundreds of paramedics over the past nine years and was honoured with the title, paramedic of the year.
Carrying out approximately 100 emergency landings a year in the captain chief pilot Captain Neil Jeffers, received the Pilot of the Year Award while Dr Anne Weaver, was awarded clinician of the year.
Graham Hodgkin, Chief Executive of London’s Air Ambulance said: “It is always an honour to be nominated for any award, but to win four of the categories was truly humbling.
“The awards are made even more profound as the recognition comes from colleagues and peers who understand the challenges that the air ambulance industry faces.”
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