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Private jet provider takes over air ambulance flights

Private jet provider takes over air ambulance flights

Monday 20 July 2020

Private jet provider takes over air ambulance flights

The contract for emergency flights has passed from Capital Air Ambulance to Gama Aviation, which handles most private jet flights in the island.

The five-year deal, which also covers Guernsey, came into force on Saturday with all key equipment and personnel transferring across to the new operator.

Operating Beechcraft King Air B200 aircraft, Gama will provide a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year service between the Channel Islands and UK mainland health services.

Most patients fly to Southampton for neurosurgical services, Oxford for cardiology and London for other specialisms, but they can be flown elsewhere if needed.

southampton hospital

Pictured: Southampton Hospital, where islanders are transported to receive emergency treatment for head injuries.

Robert Sainsbury, Group Managing Director for Health and Community Services, said: “For patients, no change will be visible, and the transition of the service will be seamless.

"The Government of Jersey thanks Capital Air Ambulance for their service and for their support in transferring the contract. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Gama Aviation.”

Neil Medley, Group Chief Operating Officer at Gama Aviation, which already provides air ambulance services to NHS Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded these important contracts by the governments of Jersey and Guernsey.

"Given our focus on special mission service provision, our existing aviation facilities in Jersey and our Beechcraft Authorised Service Centre in Bournemouth, we are ideally placed to deliver a long and successful partnership with each Bailiwick.”

Pictured top: A Beechcraft King Air B200.

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