Duke of Cambridge Completes Last Shift With EAAA

The Duke of Cambridge on his first day with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) at Cambridge Airport, 2015.


Cambridge Airport

Thursday, 27th July 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will complete his last shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Thursday 27th July at Cambridge Airport. On his final day at work, The Duke will arrive for a night shift, and attend the hand over briefings from the day team as usual. He will then join his team-mates at the helicopter he has flown for the past two years for a group photograph.

The Duke joined EAAA as an Air Ambulance pilot in March 2015. After completing an initial period of job-specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, he began piloting his first operational missions in July 2015. Throughout his service, The Duke has been based out of Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

EAAA helicopters can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. They provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury, and transport patients directly to hospital if required. Regular landing areas for EAAA helicopters include residential gardens, carparks, beaches, roadsides, and any open space deemed possible by the captain. Last year, the EAAA carried out 2361 missions.

Over the last two years, The Duke has enjoyed the opportunity to connect directly with the community of East Anglia and has valued being part of a team that provides such a critical and often life-saving public service.

In statement issued by Kensington Palace earlier this year the Duke of Cambridge said:

“It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come.

“I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region’s hospitals. I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock, and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country’s medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger.”

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