A 24/7 Air Ambulance Service for Wales

From 1 December 2020, the Wales Air Ambulance Charity will introduce a helicopter that will operate overnight, seven days a week. This means that Wales now has a 24/7 air ambulance operation. 

It has always been the vision of the Wales Air Ambulance to offer a 24/7 service. The new service will ensure that pre-hospital critical care is available Wales-wide 24 hours a day.

To deliver a 24/7 service we need to raise £11.2 million every year. With your support, we can maintain a 24/7 service.

Our vision has become a reality:

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity is funded by the people of Wales. We operate some of the most advanced air ambulances in the UK, saving precious time and lives – all thanks to the people of Wales. 

We rely entirely on your charitable donations to raise £8 million every year to keep the helicopters in the air and rapid response vehicles on the road across Wales. 

The Charity was formed on St. David’s Day, 1 March 2001 and operates from bases across Wales.  

Wales Air Ambulance offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care.  

Our Charity has completed over 45,000 missions and is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are there for the people of Wales whenever and wherever they need us. 

WAA is the only air ambulance charity based in, and dedicated to, Wales and we rely entirely on donations to keep the helicopters flying.

All our medical crews across Wales are coordinated by the Critical Care Hub, based at the Welsh Ambulance Service Clinical Contact Centre in Cwmbran and staffed by a clinical dispatch team.