Prince William speaking openly about his role as an air ambulance pilot, is welcome publicity for the emergency services 'unsung heroes'.
A fleet of 37 aircraft serves the United Kingdom 365 days a year, helping an average of 70 people every single day by providing first-class pre-hospital treatment that improves outcomes and speeds recovery. This includes both medical and trauma missions requiring life-saving interventions.
As filmmakers TINKER TAYLOR work closely with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and have been privileged to spend time filming with paramedics, both in the air and on the ground. The trauma these brilliant, skilled medics encounter on a regular basis, is from my perspective, quite shocking - and yet every paramedic I have met, is wonderfully calm and (excuse the pun) grounded.
Please take a moment to watch this video.
Jon Bingham, MAA Paramedic and Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals for the North Midlands. One patient I interviewed described the Air Ambulance as 'Angels in the Sky'. I have to agree.
Prince William has spoken candidly about dealing with the "sad, dark moments" of his job as an air ambulance pilot. Sitting in the open side door of his aircraft with Captain James Pusey, the Prince opened up about one of the most difficult jobs he has attended since he began working with the team last summer. "I think my most challenging one was to do with burns. There's one job in particular that was really quite nasty and I don't know how the medical crew dealt with it either, because they came to the rescue and did everything they (could) and sadly the casualty was beyond help," he said in an interview with BBC Future.