Two flown to UK military base for critical care as airport was shut

Two people were flown to a UK military base over the weekend to be transferred to hospital for urgent medical care.

Capital Air Ambulance used RAF Odiham airfield for two urgent patient transfers from Guernsey to mainland UK.

Capital’s King Air aircraft landed at RAF Odiham airfield to be met by a road ambulance to transfer the patients to University Hospital Southampton (UHS) for critical care.

The Military Aid to Civil Authorities request was submitted by the Governments of Jersey and Guernsey to use RAF Odiham as the secondary airfield to Southampton Airport for medical evacuation movements.

Southampton Airport (SOU) is operating a limited schedule due to the contraction of air travel due to Covid-19 and therefore, any urgent aeromedical evacuations outside of the SOU opening times requires a suitable airfield near to Southampton Hospital.

Two flown to UK military base for critical care as airport was shut

RAF Odiham has held 24/7 standby for urgent OOH transfers of patients from the Channel Islands since the beginning of COVID restrictions. The Station provides operational and technical support to the movement facilitating the transfer of the patients from the aircraft to land ambulance.

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