Kent helicopter ambulance service: final report on assessment

01 May 1991

The South East Thames Regional Health Authority operated in the late 1980s with a helicopter to supplement the road ambulance service in Kent. The AA Foundation was asked in late 1989 to evaluate the experiment in terms of life-saving and other accident benefits, and economic viability. A conference was held in London in July 1991 attended by more than 50 representatives with an interest in helicopter emergency assistance.

The Foundation Chairman subsequently investigated the merits of setting up a working group to facilitate the expansion of air ambulance services on a national basis. Without significant funding to expand their provision, there was concern that a national scheme could jeopardise existing local provision.