My Week: Jason Williams

The clinical and operations manager at Wales Air Ambulance recounts his week

Jason Williams
Jason Williams

Monday - We have air ambulances in Caernarfon, Welshpool and Swansea, and fundraising offices in each region, so I start the week by checking weekend operations and news of any charity updates with each team.

The crews have had a busy couple of days covering the last of the summer holiday season. I head to the Welshpool airbase with our engineer to check the condition of the aircraft, an old Bolkow helicopter that has served us well but needs replacing.

Wednesday - I've spent the last couple of days mostly travelling - on the road - in north Wales, discussing operations with paramedics, pilots and Angela Hughes, our chief executive. Today I find myself in our Wrexham office for a meeting with the managerial team from across Wales. I present my latest figures and updates on missions, the NHS - with which we have strong links - clinical training and fundraising for a new helicopter in Welshpool. A lengthy debate on health and safety replaces our lunch break.

Thursday - I call our PR officer to discuss ideas on obtaining incubators for transfers of children. I also tell her the aircrews have battled gale-force winds to attend missions, which gets us a mention on the news. Next, I turn my attention to another mission: new flying suits. I've found ideal ones that are not only hard-wearing and comfortable, but are also in our brand colour and will help identify the team as a helicopter crew when they're on the ground. However, the paramedics might take some getting used to sporting a striking shade of red.

Saturday - I'm covering a shift as a paramedic on one of the helicopters. We have just enough time to swig some tea before our first call comes through - a 12-year-old boy has come off his mountain bike in rural Snowdonia. Before making it back to base, we have enough fuel to attend a road traffic collision in Wrexham town centre. It's still windy and the pilot chuckles as I take some deep breaths during a particularly choppy patch. It's fulfilling work, but I look forward to some rest on firm ground.

Wales Air Ambulance is an emergency rescue service charity

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