December 08 2022
With fully dedicated private air ambulance aircraft based in Scotland and Bournemouth, we have coverage across the UK for repatriation and transfer of seriously ill and critical patients. Whether you are in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Ireland or Mainland Europe we can repatriate your loved ones back to the UK and transport them by road to a specialist hospital.
At all times your needs and that of your loved one will be handled by our medical team, who will work in consultation with our Medical Director, Dr Simon Forrington. On your behalf, based on your permission, they will:
Let’s deal with the elephant in the room; private air ambulances are not cheap. The first thing to do is to check with your insurer to see if the repatriation costs via private air ambulance is included within your policy.
If it is, then make the arrangements via your insurer. If it is not, then read on
This scenario is more common than you may think, and it is a horrible time for the family. Although it is the last thing that you should be thinking about, money will come into the equation. Any reputable private air ambulance operator will consider the following when calculating a price for repatriating a loved one:
From these questions, our medical and aviation teams will be able to determine, the following items which will determine the price.
Based on the condition of your loved one it may be possible to conduct the transfer by a scheduled airline. However this is really reserved for non-serious cases. Our only consideration is the care for you loved one and therefore if our medical team, request a particular method of transport or type of aircraft then that is the path we take.
As soon as we have your request the medical team, who work on a 24/7 basis will begin the medical assessment. Given a fair wind they should have sufficient information to be able to provide an indication within 1-2 hours of the receipt of the request. This of course greatly depends on where the patient is and the complexity of their situation.
Should you wish to proceed, the team will ask for a small deposit of £1,500. Your deposit will be refunded and covers our planning time should you decide not to proceed (in the event the transfer cannot take place for any medical reason this deposit will be refunded). Should you go ahead, your deposit will be deducted from the final price of the flight.
Due to the costs involved our policy is to request payment in advance. The payment must also clear prior to the confirmation of the trip.
Our Air Ambulance medical team is led by Medical Director, Dr Simon Forrington.
Dr Forrington is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest and most respected Trusts in the UK. Dr Forrington is Medical Director for Gama Aviation’s Special Mission’s team and is head of standards for the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI). He also has 2 years direct clinical experience as a medical HEMS Consultant with the UK’s North West Air Ambulance.
Working alongside Dr Forrington is a highly skilled and professional team of Flight Doctors, Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics. The team has a great deal of experience in aeromedical transportation, moving patients, often critically unwell, from all corners of the world. The Medical Department is focused on delivering a service that is safe, effective and of a consistently high quality.
For more information on our Private Air Ambulance repatriation service, simply click on the link below.
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