Malta’s air ambulance is to get a major upgrade.
The new service will be launched next month with a modern helicopter replacing the current one, as well as a new back-up aircraft.
The air-ambulance service is used daily to transport patients from Gozo General Hospital to the helipad at St Luke’s Hospital.
Dr Nadine Delicata from hospital operator Steward Health Care said: ‘While our current set up is a significant improvement to the past arrangement, we wanted to go a step further in providing our community with air ambulance cover in any eventuality.
‘Through the introduction of a modern aircraft, and a back-up service, we are ensuring that our people are covered when the aircraft is down for both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
‘In this way we are not only fulfilling our obligations under the concession but going above and beyond to make sure that the highest level of care is provided to our patients, notwithstanding the cost.’
The new service will be run in conjunction with Maltese helicopter operator Gulf Med Aviation Services.