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Medevac: Doing the 'right' thing

Think of the bleakest, remotest place you've ever visited. You may be smiling as you recall the beauty of the landscape or the solitude and peace of its very remoteness. If you're an adventurer, then the smile may be widened at the thought of skiing in beautiful alpine scenery with soft powder snow beneath your feet and equipped with the very latest Gucci downhill gear that money can buy. Or you might simply be remembering that walking or trekking holiday, perhaps in in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains, or maybe a diving adventure in the beautiful coral seas around the Maldives. Pause…

Think again. What if you fall on the ski slope, maybe develop altitude sickness in the mountains, or the bends from an over-enthusiastic dive? The smile fades and is replaced by a frown and the inevitable questions about accessing emergency medical care when you need it most, about 'medevac' and getting home. Maybe you'll be thinking 'will I be safe?' or 'will I survive?' Worse still for the family of patients who have been rendered unconscious or incapable of making their own decisions.

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Neonatal Flights – Sudden Births & Unexpected Arrivals

The Real Doc Martin – Capital Air Ambulance’s Devon based Medical Director Dr Terry Martin – gives a snapshot of the service’s response when babies decide to arrive unexpectedly.

It’s not an unusual scenario. A young couple, happily expecting their first baby, and fully aware that life will change completely and permanently in a few months’ time, decide to take one last long holiday in the sun ‘while they can’.

She’s 27 weeks in to a normal pregnancy, and he’s making sure she has a great holiday and books his lovely wife on to all the excursions and adventures that are on offer at their resort. Who said that holidays are restful? Here the scenario changes significantly, and the story unfolds.

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History of Capital Aviation

Capital Air Ambulance is a part of Capital Air Charter Ltd which was started by husband and wife team, Malcolm and Lisa Humphries working from their own home back in 1991. In those early days, our main activity was executive passenger flights and some aircraft chartered as medical air taxis. Capital’s first aircraft was a Cessna 421c owned by our Chairman Mr John Hunt.


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January 2017: Capital Air Ambulance is pleased to announce the addition of Learjet 45 Aircraft

Capital Air Ambulance is pleased to announce the addition of Learjet 45 Aircraft to their AOC which has also been granted worldwide coverage. This has been a huge milestone for Capital and we are delighted to be able to offer this excellent Aircraft for worldwide missions. To cater for a significant increase in our workload, the medical department, under the direction of Dr Terry Martin, has now trained and recruited over a hundred specialist flight nurses and doctors. In essence, being the only Eurami Accredited UK operator and offering all levels of care to all patient age groups, operating the Lear 45, and our four King Air B200s from bases in the Midlands and Exeter allow us to offer our clients a bespoke, efficacious and cost effective solution from our U.K. footprint.


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July 2016: Capital Air Ambulance Poised for European Expansion

Capital Air Ambulance (Capital), the aeromedical brand of Rigby Group’s aviation division and the UK’s No 1 provider of fixed wing air ambulance services, has unveiled an ambitious strategy for expansion across the European market.

Capital has in recent months taken advantage of marketplace changes to establish itself as Britain’s largest Air Ambulance operator and is operating from a second UK base in the Midlands, with an enlarged fleet and crew offering an expanded range of services including long haul medical repatriation flights across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

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June 2016: Capital Air Ambulance helps early arrival return home

Capital Air Ambulance has collaborated with charity Lucy's Air Ambulance, to fly home a premature baby.

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May 2016: BBC News highlights Capital Air Ambulance support of crowdfunded surgery girl

Capital Air Ambulance stepped in to bring home a woman paralysed in a horse-riding accident in Egypt after £31,000 was raised for surgery funded by well-wishers

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