The Great North Air Ambulance Service
Community-powered emergency care
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. GNAAS crews respond to around 1,000 call outs each year and activates primarily for life-threatening incidents or potentially life-threatening incidents. Whether it’s in a city centre or a remote mountain, their medics respond to wherever they are needed in the shortest space of time. The helicopters are never more than a 15-minute flight from the nearest hospital. However, it is the skills of the trauma team on board that really make the difference to the patient.
Aircraft have a doctor on board for the vast majority of shifts meaning advanced treatments can be carried out on scene, well before the patient would ever have arrived at hospital. The specialist aircrew paramedics bring a range of treatments with them that give the patient the best chance of recovery. This varied expertise is not only helping to save lives in the region today, but it is helping to shape the way pre-hospital care is provided in the future. It costs around £5m each year for GNAAS to keep flying and the charity is totally reliant on donations from the public to survive – which is why your micro-donations are so important. Your generous support allows the Great North Air Ambulance Service to continue.