Apollo Hospitals extends Air Ambulance services to II-tier cities

Kolkata
2 Jul 2017

Apollo Hospitals announced the extension of its air ambulance services network to several smaller cities and towns like Madurai, Mysore, Kakinada, Karaikudi, Karur, Trichy and Vizag through its current hubs in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Apollo’s air ambulance service will address the emergency medical need of people who are on the outskirts and far from the city limits.
Each of the Apollo air ambulances will be manned by a full-fledged medical crew trained in critical pre-hospital care protocols to address emergency victims and critically-ill patients. The launch is in partnership with Bengaluru-based Air Aviators Rescue who will provide helicopters and the logistics support to Apollo Hospitals.
The air ambulance was launched by Dr J Radhakrishnan IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Health and Family Welfare Department and Dr. Prathap Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, in the presence of Dr. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group and Capt. Arun Sharma, Managing Director, Aviators Air Rescue Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Prathap Reddy said, "It gives me immense satisfaction extending this service to Mysore, Madurai, Trichy, Karaikudi, Kakinada, Karimnagar and Vizag.  With this launch I hope that we have increased the chances of patients in the smaller towns and cities getting medical attention they deserve in the golden hour. While our expertise is in offering world class emergency care, Air Aviators Rescue’s expertise is in operating medical air ambulance fleets.”
Dr. Preetha Reddy said, “Air ambulance could cut travel time by as much as 90%. Over 60 million people in India are affected with cardiac diseases, over 0.5 million road accidents occur annually where at least about 0.1 million deaths are reported year on year, immediate medical attention can go a long way in saving lives. We have partnered with Air Aviators Rescue to offer 24X7 emergency services to patients in need. We believe in leveraging core competencies of partners.” (EOIC)