Learn About KSS
We fight every day to save lives.
The world is unpredictable, and medical emergencies happen. That’s why we’ve dedicated the last 34 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.
34 Years of KSS in Numbers
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 responded to over 3,200 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.
Our dispatchers task our crews of pilots, doctors and paramedics, along with our life-saving equipment, to our patients 24/7, 365 days a year.
Our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team operate at the very forefront of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). We perform life-saving emergency chest and heart surgical procedures, deliver emergency anaesthesia and administer blood transfusions to patients suffering from life-threatening blood loss.
We can do all of this at the side of a road, on a beach, in a park – wherever and whenever you need us.
Our Five-Year Strategy
We are taking bold, collaborative action to reach more patients, improve more outcomes and save more lives, by:
- Developing our aviation capability to increase the number of hours we can fly for
- Investigating the use of drones to get defibrillators to those in need more quickly
- Developing a Patient and Family Aftercare Service to support our patients and families in their rehabilitation and recovery
- Continuously innovating and utilising technology to develop and further improve the treatment and care we can deliver
With your support, we can achieve more
We are an independent charity. It costs over £16.6M a year to sustain our world-leading, cutting edge, innovative service and amazingly 87% of our total income is donated and raised by the people of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Every life matters, and with your support we can give every patient the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
Support our fight to save lives.