Northern Ireland’s first ever Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) will come in service within 10-12 weeks as per the announcement of Department of Health.

Northern Ireland is all set to launch its new Air Ambulance Service called Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) after being approved by the Health Minister Michelle O’Neill. Two air ambulances based at Maze Long Kesh site, just outside Lisburn, will provide 24*7 coverage throughout Northern Ireland. And the secondary helicopter will be based at St. Angelo Airport, Enniskillen.

Late Dr John Hinds was one of the campaigners for the introduction of regional air ambulance service. After his death in a motorcycle crash, while providing volunteer medical cover at the Skerries 100 race in Dublin, his partner Dr Janet Acheson continued his campaigning work.

“We’re delighted the Minister has approved Northern Ireland’s first HEMS service. The service will bring us into line with other regions in the UK and Ireland and may save 18 to 50 lives every year. AANI is continuing to work with our partners in Health and Social Care and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, and we expect to commence this lifesaving service within the coming months.” Says Ian Crowe, Chairman of AANI.

The medic choppers are armed up to serve and heal people around Ireland, showing how we are evolving with technology and how technology can be really as useful as a life-saver.