According to data released by the independent healthcare charity Thames Valley Air Ambulance, 2022 was the organization’s busiest year to date. 3,158 callouts were made to the service, which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire in 2022, which is 278 more than in 2021. Adam Panter, the chief operating officer, referred to the record as a “testament” to the team and neighborhood.
For a variety of reasons, including the effects of our communities returning to full and active lives, 2022 was incredibly busy for our crews, he continued.
A testament to their professionalism and the support of the entire Thames Valley Air Ambulance team is that they responded to 3,158 callouts.
Handling the Demand Surge
According to Mr. Panter, the ambulance service is currently working to determine which cases would benefit from the air ambulance service the most and is sending out more critical care teams to those cases. The 1999-founded Thames Valley Air Ambulance has made a breakdown of its callout statistics available to the public online via an interactive map.
According to them, there were 1,161 incidents in Berkshire, 1,086 in Buckinghamshire, 818 in Oxfordshire, and 93 in nearby areas where critical care paramedics and doctors were called via the air ambulance service. According to the service’s verified statistics, cardiac arrest continued to account for the highest percentage of callouts for the year (1,069), followed by medical emergencies (663), unintentional injuries (519), and traffic accidents (430).
Air Ambulance Services in the Post-Pandemic Era
The busiest month, according to Mr. Panter, was December, when crews were called to respond to 305 incidents, followed by November (276), and June (275). It must be noted that since the pandemic is well under control and the feeling is that there will not be a resurgence like earlier. As a result, road traffic has increased, people are going out on adventure vacations, and so on. All this leaves a larger room for mishaps, and obviously, the demand for air ambulance services is skyrocketing.