GNAAS has landed in the beautiful Isle of Man!

Discover all of the latest news from the island, as well as ways you can get involved, volunteer for us and keep our life-saving service flying.

Life-Saving Service on the Isle of Man

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) have made a significant impact on the lives of people on the Isle of Man since delivering our service on the Island. 

We started a trial with Manx Care in March 2022 to provide critical care interventions and transfer seriously injured or unwell patients by helicopter from the Isle of Man directly to the UK for emergency medical treatment. 

The direct transfer of patients to trauma units or specialist centres in the North West ensures they receive off-Island treatment in the shortest possible time.

Funding is not guaranteed. We need your support.

Our service is only going to get busier in the future, and we are committed to providing the best quality of emergency pre-hospital care to the people of the Isle of Man.

The story so far...

Previously, patients who needed immediate hospital care were brought to Noble’s Hospital and if they required further treatment off-Island, were subsequently transferred by fixed wing air ambulance. 

Despite a good and reliable air ambulance service for secondary transfers, there existed no access to a pre-hospital Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) able to provide the full spectrum of advanced critical care procedures.

Initially a six-month trial period of this service began in March 2022 which offered a primary HEMS retrieval from the scene of an incident, including stabilisation and transfer to a major trauma centre within the UK, and also secondary transfers from the emergency department of Nobles Hospital to the relevant UK mainland hospital. 

GNAAS has carried out numerous interventions on the island which would not have been possible with only a standard road paramedic crew.

A spokesperson for GNAAS said: “We are very proud to be able to provide our pre-hospital service to the Island and make a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Get involved

Volunteering with the Great North Air Ambulance Service is a fantastic way to help us raise the required funds to continue providing our life-saving service to the people of the Isle of Man. If you’d like to volunteer and play your part in keeping our helicopters flying into the future, click below and get started!

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A service like no other

At GNAAS, we have our own specially trained critical care team that are dedicated to providing the best possible care and emergency treatment to those that find themselves in the worst of situations. We are able to carry out life-saving interventions before patients have the chance to reach hospital, a service that has not previously been available in the Isle of Man.

With your support, we can continue to provide the Isle of Man with this service in the future and continue to care for the fantastic people on the island.

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Our Impact

6

Call-Outs Attended by GNAAS Per Day

27

Incidents attended on the Isle of Man in 2023

£23,500

To fund the Great North Air Ambulance every day

Patient stories

"Aretha was working at her carer job on a regular day until she started to feel unwell, feeling waves of sickness and dizziness. Aretha then took a significant fall on her way to her car, before blacking out in her car afterwards. After the Isle of Man Ambulance Service arrived, they called for the help of GNAAS, who arrived swiftly and after treating her injuries, decided that she was stable enough to travel by road to Noble’s Hospital. "

Aretha Lawson

Jurby, Isle of Man

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Patient stories

Aretha Lawson

Jurby, Isle of Man

Aretha was working at her carer job on a regular day until she started to feel unwell, feeling waves of sickness and dizziness.

Aretha then took a significant fall on her way to her car, before blacking out in her car afterwards. After the Isle of Man Ambulance Service arrived, they called for the help of GNAAS, who arrived swiftly and after treating her injuries, decided that she was stable enough to travel by road to Noble’s Hospital.

Help us, help the Isle of Man.

We are committed to providing the Isle of Man with emergency critical care when it is needed the most. Help us keep our helicopters flying to the island into the future. Donate now!

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