Capital Air Ambulance launches paediatric service


UK-based Capital Air Ambulance has launched its new paediatric service with an air ambulance fleet equipped for the safe transfer of children of all ages, including children in critical care.

The firm’s King Air fixed-wing aircraft are rigged with intensive care monitoring and treatment equipment, including ventilators, invasive monitoring machines and critical care medications.

The fleet allows level 3 patients (patients requiring advanced respiratory support or suffering from multi-organ failure) to be transported internationally from bed to bed. For longer distances, the firm’s in-house charter service can arrange medical repatriation on commercial airliners.

Alongside the aircraft, Capital has a 30-strong paediatric aeromedical division headed by Dr Anna Barrow, Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) consultant.

“Being injured or unwell is a frightening experience for any child and their family, even more so when it happens far from home,” said Barrow. “We are committed to providing the highest level of care for your child, and our staff will be there to hold their hand all the way home.”

Lisa Humphries, Business Development director, Capital said: “We take great pride in the service Capital Air Ambulance can now offer to children, families and medical teams. Our goa is to provide a caring and supportive medical and nursing service of the very highest quality to every child.”