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Shenfield Operatic Society visits life-saving Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust to raise awareness

PUBLISHED: 12:21 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 20 September 2018

Ahead of their production of All Shook Up, members of the Shenfield Operatic Society visited the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust.

Ahead of their production of All Shook Up, members of the Shenfield Operatic Society visited the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust.

Shenfield Operatic Society

An amateur dramatics society visited the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) to show its support ahead of its next show.

Facts about the EHAAT. Picture: Hayley Anderson/InfogramFacts about the EHAAT. Picture: Hayley Anderson/Infogram

The Shenfield Operatic Society (SOS), which is based at St George’s Church, Ongar Road, Brentwood, wishes to raise further awareness of the service, and so a group of members decided to take a trip to its headquarters in North Weald to find out more.

Members were greeted by volunteer Paul Cook and some of the Critical Care Team who showed them one of the trust’s two state-of the-art air ambulances.

Rather than simply being a vehicle to reach people and keep them stable whilst they are flown to hospital, the EHAAT helicopters take the hospital to the patient.

They are kitted out with thousands of pounds worth of medical equipment and have an emergency operating theatre on board, meaning they can carry out open-heart surgery, amputation and Caesarean sections at the site of an accident, often saving lives in the process.

Each team consists of a pre-hospital care doctor, a critical care paramedic and two pilots.

Once a patient is stable, they are flown to the most appropriate hospital for their injury, even if this isn’t the closest one.

The services is not part of the NHS and receives no government or Lottery funding but costs £500,000 per month to keep the service running which is only possibly through donations.

Suzanne Gunn from SOS said: “The early treatment this team can give to patients makes a dramatic difference to each person’s survival, with their aim being to save lives and reduce and prevent disability, critical illness or injury.

“You can imagine what a scary experience it must be for anybody to be involved in an accident, but we could tell when we met the team that they were all kind, calm and extremely professional, which means every patient is in good hands.

“SOS is extremely pleased to be raising awareness of this amazing cause, and hope that you may also consider making a donation of your own to this very worthwhile charity.

“After all, this is a service that many people literally couldn’t live without.”

The Shenfield Operatic Society are currently preparing for its next show All Shook Up at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, from January 30 - February 2 2019.

To make a donation to the EHAAT, visit here

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