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Award Shortlist for Air Ambulance Partnership with EMRTS


Monday 15 May 2017

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Wales Air Ambulance has been shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2017, for its partnership with the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru).

 

The Charity Awards is the third sector's longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from.

Wales Air Ambulance is shortlisted in the Healthcare and Medical Research category and is the only charity dedicated to Wales to have made it through to the final round.

 

Launched in 2015, EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Dafen and Welshpool. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.

 

The partnership has resulted in pioneering and advanced medical treatments being used by medics who fly on board the helicopters, effectively taking the A&E to the patient.
 
The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 8 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.

 

The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Louise Minchin, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best-known and best-loved charities.

 

Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist.

 

He said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us.

 

“For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.

 

“We wish all the charities the very best of luck on the night.”

 

Dr Ami Jones, EMRTS Cymru interim National Director, said: “It’s great to see the Charity shortlisted for this award. This unique partnership between us and the Charity is ensuring that Wales has the highest standard of pre-hospital critical care.”

Angela Hughes, Wales Air Ambulance Chief Executive, said: “We’re honoured to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It is a testament to our hardworking teams and dedicated supporters who continue to fundraise, volunteer and play our Lifesaving Lottery.

“We rely on charitable donations to raise £6.5 million every year and it is through this support we are able to fly the critical care team to vital missions across Wales.”

 

 

Additional Information

 

1. EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Dafen and Welshpool. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.

 

When the helicopters are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, the service has access to a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles.

 

 

To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit www.walesairambulance.com.

 

 

2. For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via steven.stokes@wales.nhs.uk.

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