Loganair to support the Service with Outer Isles air transfer for non emergency patients

 Friday 11 May 2012

Non-emergency patients in the outer Orkney Isles who do not need immediate medical treatment but have to transfer to Kirkwall for further care can now do so on the locally-based Loganair Islander aircraft.

The initiative is the result of an agreement between the Scottish Ambulance Service and Loganair and will support the existing air ambulance service. It is anticipated that a small number of patients who do not need clinical supervision can be transferred this way.

Gary Rutherford Head of Air Ambulance Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, said: “We believe that the agreement with Loganair will deliver a more flexible local service for those patients who are not emergency or serious cases but still have to be transferred to Kirkwall.

“It is not appropriate for seriously ill or emergency cases to be transferred in this way and the EC 135 helicopter will continue to respond to those patients. The King Air fixed wing aircraft will continue to transfer patients for care in Aberdeen.”

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are pleased to be working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide ad-hoc support for its core fleet of helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. The new agreement means that the experience of our Kirkwall-based team in serving the North Isles of Orkney can now be called upon by the Scottish Ambulance Service when it is operationally practical and medically appropriate to do so.”

The agreement with Loganair is unrelated to the current procurement programme for the next generation of air ambulance service in Scotland.