This special feature profiles the work of air ambulance services in three regions of the UK, who each face unique challenges in terms of population and geography. In this first report, Ramzi Freij looks at the service in the south-east of England
It is beautiful. The snow-covered fields of Kent are spectacular in the January sunshine, made even more breathtaking by being 1,500 feet up in the air. We are the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance responding to an emergency call.
Mark Wilson profiles the work of London's Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
Since 1988, London's Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) has been providing roadside trauma care to the population within the M25. I held a full-time HEMS post with the London service until five years ago and now work on their Emeritus programme.
In just six years, Scotlandâ€™s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service has grown from a pilot project on a limited budget to a full national service. Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Consultant, Dr David Stoddart charts its development
Although most of the population of Scotland live in what is called the central belt, there are still a relatively large number of people who live in more isolated rural communities including the highlands and islands.