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Air Ambulance Week 2018

In support of the annual International Air Ambulance Week 2018, the Essex Ham team spent three days operating from the Earls Colne Airfield, the home of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. The team operated using the callsign GB4EAA on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 16th of September.

Paul Devlin from NHS Improvement’s Emergency Care Intensive Support Team joined the event on Wednesday the 12th of September. This enabled the group to use the National Health Service callsign GB1NHS. Paul said:

“We’re embarking on an exciting adventure to use amateur radio to help promote activities that can improve the health of the communities that the NHS serves nationally. We have plans in motion to do more to link the NHS and amateur radio, including new initiatives to promote amateur radio as a public health means to tackle things such as isolation and loneliness.”

Pete Sipple M0PSX from Essex Ham said:

“International Air Ambulance Week 2018 is in its fifth year, and we’re proud to be able to support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance once again from the helicopter’s airbase. As with previous years, we were able to not only make contact with other Air Ambulance Special Event Stations in the UK, but to use amateur radio to promote the vital service offered by the air ambulances. Thanks to everyone who turned up to support the event, or who took time to work us on-air.”

Paul would like to thank Pete and the fantastic team at Essex Ham for all their support in promoting NHS initiatives.

With over 1000 members Essex Ham is a powerful delivery partner helping the NHS to improve the lives of the communities we serve.  

Pete Sipple Chair of Essex Ham and Paul Devlin from NHS Improvement celebrating the joint working between the NHS and Essex radio amateurs.

For further information please visit Air Ambulance Week 2018

To find out more about amateur radio in Essex please visit Essex Ham

Updated 21st September 2018