Children's Wales Air Ambulance

It is our aim to serve the whole of Wales, including Wales' youngest patients.

The Children's Wales Air Ambulance is a specialist division of our charity, providing the expert care and transport required for paediatric and neonatal patients. Our fourth helicopter makes us the largest air ambulance in the UK and is used for providing a range of treatments for paediatric patients.

We help around 400 children and babies a year, either on emergency 999 missions or by using our dedicated transfer helicopter.

Alongside our three emergency helicopters, the Children's Wales Air Ambulance (CWAA) is on standby every day to transfer babies and children between hospitals. 

These patients often need advanced levels of care in paediatric and neonatal wards up and down the country. Our services help save precious time in transporting children to and from the care they need, including key hospitals such as Alder Hey in Liverpool, Great Ormand Street in London, and the Children's Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

We have the UK's only dedicated Helicopter Transfer Practitioners (HTPs), who are experts in keeping our patients safe and comfortable on flight transfers. Each mission is flown by two advanced, multi-crew trained pilots. 

How do we help the children of Wales?

  • We transfer poorly children and babies to specialist units.
  • We respond to 999 missions using treatments and equipment for children.
  • We fly vulnerable babies in our advanced flight incubator system, keeping tiny lives warm and well oxygenated for their journey.
  • We work closely with neonatal and paediatric experts in Wales who can be flown to time-critical cases or accompany children on hospital transfers.
  • We have the UK's only dedicated HTPs.