What it takes to be an Air Ambulance Pilot | Operation Ouch

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in hospital it's not just the doctors

and nurses who help to get you fixed

there are lots of other heroes working

behind the scenes there yes what will

happen when we have a go at their

amazing jobs welcome to the dr. Chris

show this is operation takeover

lots of emergency cases arrive at all

day and other hospitals by air all over

the UK there are helicopter services

ready to help

today's Hospital hero is London air

ambulance pilot Captain Neil Jeffers and

we're going to meet him well Chris is

late got no idea where he is at all but

captain Neil is not going to be pleased

and this is a little bit embarrassing

SRP where you see come on Chris Jaime's

business probably should have told him

about it

the helicopters here the blades have

stopped turning and it's safe to

approach oh hi Sarge sorry you missed

that really is the only way to travel

I'm gonna start getting a helicopter to

work a bit more often is outrageous air

ambulances are incredible this service

in London helps around 2,000 patients

every year and the pilots are essential

when it comes to their rescue to know we

don't normally think of pilots as being

part of a medical team how do you fit in

our job is to get the medic ratima to

their patient as quickly people as we

can and be driven around London the

average speed is maybe five miles an

hour a helicopter and flying about 150

miles an hour in a straight line getting

to a medical emergency quickly is

difficult enough but landing there can

be even trickier this is the onboard

medical team doctor an Adobe and

paramedic Steve Reed no one appreciates

the role of the pilot more than them

so it's not an easy job getting this

helicopter where it needs to be one

Linds basis can be parts can be roads

sold the pilots train goes as close to

the scene as possible these guys they

are so calm landed in school playgrounds

on the m25 their training just makes

them absolutely amazing under pressure

we've seen just how important the air

ambulance is to the running of a big

hospital but will our careers as pilots

take off in it

today I'm going to be flying the

twin-engine performance class one MD 902

really I just call mine Barry you'll

take over challenge is to fly your

helicopter and land it safely it's close

to the patient as you possibly can

pressures on this patient is critical

he's Grace Disney quick Chris to the

choppers because there's been a patient

trapped beneath the car there are two

potential landing sites one is right

next to patient in a complicated school

site or that's a bigger field a bit

further away so the choices whether they

land in a complicated site or land in

the big field and let your doctors and

paramedics walk to the patient we're off

Zhaan's up first he's got an airborne we

don't want it to go too close to the

river in this case Don you going a

little bit high come back I'm sure it's

not quite the way you want it to go it's

now over the river right board but no

fly backwards fight back I've lost



that didn't go all that well and

meanwhile poor Millie's Arne is still


all over the floor no he's ond you've

got to rescue him now Chris you're his

only hope I will go and get minis and

leave this to me going the right

direction this has promised what with

this difficult isn't it a lot we just

need to recover that Chris is

persevering I suddenly be looking at

landing in the grass area you landed on

top of minis and now although I said to

get as close as we possibly can that's

probably just a little too close on top

of the patient in this case Chris I

applaud your determination and I did say

Landers close the patient as she

possibly could but have many attempts

you landed on the patient probably

committing more damage than land I think

this is the case of who's less rubbish

so today's winner is and well I'm very

surprised by that

I guess if I've learned one thing it's

the importance of the air ambulance

pilots in the running of a big Hospital

Neil I think it's time we give our

helicopter back our one remaining


now pull over the UK there are emergency

teams standing by ready to help you and

they need to get to the scene of an

accident fast we're on call with the UK

emergency services showing you what it's

really like on the front line saving


this is a Rapid Response vehicle it's on

standby 24/7 to respond to whatever

emergency calls come in today I'm going

along for the ride and you're coming

with me on call with me is paramedic Jan

van she can do 20 emergency call-outs in

a day and a new case is just in we're

going to see someone who's got a very

severe cut in the head and they're

refusing to go to hospital now the

reason we don't have the sirens on or

blue lights on is because they're with

an ambulance crew at the moment but Jan

is the only person on call at the moment

who can glue his head together which is

what we're gonna try and do at the house

the man Paul is in good spirits despite

the nasty gash to his head

thanks for coming up short nose it's

alright as a paramedic with ten years

experience Jan has the expert training

needed to use special glue to join

Paul's wound together right this glue

might sting a little bit okay how's that

feel Paul posting again

super clear the jams using now will hold

that will enclosed doesn't need stitches

and it stops the bleeding will stop

infection getting in and it keeps it

gives a nice result against a tidy scar

all large head wounds should be seen at

a hospital but Paul has refused to go so

Jan gives him some advice any headaches

that aren't controlled with painkillers

will need to be assessed at the hospital

vomiting more than twice wanted to be

assessed at the hospital we have got a

slight issue

well my fingers a stock G right not

really Jan has done all she can for Paul

and it's up to him now to be vigilant

and spot any side-effects

even though Paul didn't want to go to

hospital we were still able to glue his

head together that stopped the bleeding

it reduces pain it reduces the chances

of infection and we've given him some

really clear advice about what to do if

he gets worse he does need to go to

hospital and that's all thanks to Jan

with hundreds of rapid response crews in

the UK if you have an accident an

emergency service like this won't be far