We fight every day to save lives.
The world is unpredictable, and medical emergencies happen. That’s why we’ve dedicated the last 32 years to saving lives and providing cutting-edge, pre-hospital critical care. We’re a vital part of your communities, your lives and your safety.
32 Years of KSS in Numbers
£15.2M Annual running costs
7,390 km² Area covered
35,000 Total incidents attended
86% Income from donations and fundraising
Who we are
We are Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), and we fight every day to save lives. We are Team KSS, a close-knit team of dedicated, skilled, sector-leading experts with an incredible level of expertise. We are passionate about what we do which drives us to always deliver our very best.
We’re driven by our purpose of saving lives and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients. Last year alone we attended over 2,500 incidents. We are fearless and tireless in fighting to save every life.
Our charity headquarters and forward operating base are located at Rochester Airport, with our aircraft hangared and maintained at Redhill Aerodrome. When the call comes, we can reach any part of Kent, Surrey or Sussex in under 30 minutes.
What we do
Patients are at the heart of everything we do. We deliver outstanding specialist treatment, care and support to give our patients their very best possible outcome.
Time is critical. Which is why our fleet of helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles can transport our doctors and paramedics to our patients 24/7, 365 days a year.
We bring the emergency room to the scene and deliver life-saving care. We can perform open heart surgery, deliver anaesthetic and insert tubes to enable patients to breathe, and administer life-saving blood transfusions. We can do all of this at the side of a road, on a beach, in a park – wherever you need us.
Each mission is attended by a doctor – typically a specialist in anaesthesia or emergency medicine – and a paramedic who is trained in critical care and accustomed to challenging environments. The combination of their specialist skills means patients can be treated with world class, urgent medical care directly at the scene.
For 18 hours of the day, we operate with two crews. For the remaining six, when it is quieter but there are still people out there who are in need of our critical care, we operate with one crew.
But with your support, we can achieve more
When we arrive on scene, our patients are in critical need of emergency care. At that moment, they need us to be at our very best. That’s why we’re continuously innovating and striving to improve our treatments and technology.
We are an independent charity. It costs over £15M a year to sustain our world-leading, cutting edge, innovative service and amazingly 86% is donated and raised by the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Support our fight to save lives.
More about KSS
Over the past three decades we have attended over 35,000 incidents, saving lives and improving patient outcomes from the skies above Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
We have three helicopters and four response cars to deliver our cutting-edge, pre-hospital critical care.
We are united by our purpose of saving lives and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients. Together we fight to save lives.
We use research and innovation to break new ground, influence policy and practice, maximise our impact and push the boundaries to better meet the needs of our patients.
Your support is as critical as our care
£7.50 a month could pay for twenty disposable blood pressure cuffs used to measure a patient's blood pressure.
£50 could fund 300 syringes used to administer life-saving drugs at the scene of an incident.