We were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Cambridge to The Royal London Hospital today, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of London's Air Ambulance Charity.
Staffed by our doctors and paramedics from London Ambulance Service, London's Air Ambulance Charity brings the hospital emergency department to the scene of incidents across London, providing vital treatment to the 10 million people who live and work in the city.
The visit saw The Duke meet with clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew members, to learn more about the challenges of working as a first responder in the capital.
Alwen Williams, Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust said: "We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge to The Royal London Hospital today to mark the 30th anniversary of London's Air Ambulance charity, founded by staff at this very hospital.
"If it wasn't for the foresight of our visionary colleagues, we wouldn't be marking this special milestone today. I am proud that our doctors continue to push boundaries working with London's Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service to provide life-saving care at the roadside 24 hours a day.”
The Duke was also announced as Patron of London's Air Ambulance's 30th anniversary campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities.
Founded in 1989, to date the charity has treated over 38,500 critically injured people and attended most major incidents in London.