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Military pilots to fly critically ill island virus patients

Military pilots to fly critically ill island virus patients

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Military pilots to fly critically ill island virus patients


Critically ill covid-19 patients in Jersey and Guernsey will be flown to UK hospitals in military helicopters operated by a new task force of armed forces personnel and NHS paramedics, it has been agreed.

The measure is part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence’s ‘Covid Support Force', which has seen service personnel and reservists put on standby to support the civilian response to the pandemic.

In total, over 20,000 military personnel are on standby, including 150 military personnel who have been trained to drive oxygen tankers in order to support the NHS if required. 

A specific 'COVID Aviation Task Force' has also been formed, with over 300 personnel stationed at air bases across the UK.  

The forces includes Royal Air Force Puma and Chinook helicopters, as well as British Army Air Corps Wildcat and Royal Navy Merlin helicopters.  

The latter are on standby at RNAS Culdrose - a Royal Navy airbase near Helston on the Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall UK - to support Southern England, the Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands.

Pictured: Royal Navy Merlin helicopters are stationed at RNAS Culdrose to support Southern England, the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly. 

The helicopters will be used to airlift patients from remote areas where facilities might be struggling to cope to hospitals that have available beds in intensive care. 

They could also be used to fly in medicines and medical equipment to specific areas as well as specialist doctors where they are needed. 

Confirmation that the new task force will be supporting covid-19 patients in Jersey and Guernsey comes after a military helicopter was drafted in late at night to fly a Jersey patient in need of emergency care to the UK last week.

In a statement, a Government of Jersey spokesperson said the aircraft - believed to be a Chinook - landed at 23:00 at Jersey Airport.

It then took the patient to Southampton General Hospital.

However, officials refused to confirm whether the emergency air transfer was linked with corona virus.

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Posted by Jon Jon on
So I presume the flight last week was for a covid 19 patient,it’s far time the states became more transparent and stop hiding things,the public really want to know good or bad news!
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