Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Finland



FinnHEMS 60 – Kuopio

The Kuopio base is located at Rissala Airport in Toivala. It was transferred from Joroinen to the Rissala Airport in Kuopio in the beginning of 2014. The new location enables the physician-staffed HEMS helicopter to reach a larger share of the population in the area.

From the Kuopio base, the physician-staffed HEMS helicopter will reach the Pohjois-Savo and Etelä-Savo regions all the way to the towns of Varkaus, Suonenjoki, Outokumpu and Iisalmi within 30 minutes of dispatch. On average, the base carries out seven missions in a day and about 2,500 missions in a year. Most missions involve an accident or a failure of basic vital functions: patients are unconscious or lifeless or have breathing difficulties. The HEMS unit is dispatched to a scene of emergency by the emergency response centre.

Staff and key people

HEMS operations require seamless cooperation between professionals from various fields. In total, the Kuopio FinnHEMS 60 base has 32 employees: 17 EMS physicians, 6 pilots, and 9 HEMS paramedics. In addition, FinnHEMS medical and flight experts and the flight operator’s experts continuously work to maintain the high quality and safety of HEMS operations.

At the Kuopio base, emergency medical services are operated by the Hospital District of Pohjois-Savo and the flight operations by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance AB.


JOUNI KUROLA
Chief Physician, Emergency Medicine

jouni.kurola(a)kuh.fi

PAMELA HILTUNEN
Lead Physician, Kuopio base

pamela.hiltunen(a)kuh.fi