The police helicopter from Wattisham became a temporary air ambulance yesterday after helping to find a missing woman.
Suffolk police had been called in just after 9am when there were concerns about a woman missing from Higham.
The National Police Air Service helicopter, whose base at Wattisham will close by 2017, was called in to join the search and when the woman was found near Great Saxham at 11.30am it was used to fly her to West Suffolk Hospital.
The helicopter crew tweeted: “Assist in locating missing female in very poorly condition in rural area. @NPAS_Wattisham airlifted her urgently to Bury St Edmunds hospital.”
The NPAS, which runs all UK police helicopters, has announced it will close 10 of its 25 air bases. It will continue to operate 23 aircraft but four will be cheaper to fly, longer range fixed-wing machines. The nearest helicopter to Suffolk will be at Boreham, near Chelmsford, which the NPAS says puts an area to just south of Norwich within 30 minutes flying time.