Training for pre-hospital success

The course brings together doctors, paramedics and nurses to learn the intricacies of performing effective anaesthesia out in the field. It is led by GNAAS doctors and paramedics but in an atmosphere that encourages the sharing of experience between participants from different clinical backgrounds. The course content features a mixture of classroom learning as well … Continued

Schoolboy revived after 25 minutes under river water

The story of Kacper Krauze, 13, of Appleby, has been described as a “miracle” after he walked into the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) Cumbria base to meet some of those who saved his life. GNAAS worked alongside fire crews, police, ambulance and staff from an Appleby medical practice in the aftermath of the … Continued

Roadside surgery success for GNAAS team

On August 9, 2017, a man was stabbed at Horden, County Durham. The man was bleeding to death from his wounds when GNAAS was called. The team included pilot Jay Steward, paramedic Tim West, and doctors David Driver and Chris Smith. What happened afterwards was a first for the region. Dr Smith took some time … Continued

New kit launch day at GNAAS

After five years, the charity has replaced its orange two-piece suits with more contemporary red and black equivalents. Critical care paramedic Jamie Walsh said: “We needed new, better quality uniforms to meet the demands of a fast-paced pre-hospital care work environment. With our base move just around the corner, the time felt right to move away … Continued

Father-and-son ride out ends in crash

Pete Holland, 67, from Hexham, Northumberland, was riding along the A68, near Crook in County Durham, with his son Jim Holland when he unexpectedly came off his motorbike. Describing the incident, he said: “We were going round a slight bend, not very fast, not particularly sharp. I can remember seeing the gravel, and then the … Continued

GoodSAM an asset for critical care decisions

The use of this system enables our critical care team to gather as much information as they need about the severity of the incident prior to launching the aircraft. Our doctor and paramedic team can then make a better-informed conclusion on the extent of the incident. By simply sending a text message to the caller, … Continued

Body-worn cameras to benefit future GNAAS patients

From June 27th 2017, the charity’s clinical staff have worn discreet body cameras when on missions throughout the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The charity took the decision in order to share knowledge and experiences from cases of major trauma and serious illness throughout its area. GNAAS has been approved through the Government’s Surveillance Camera … Continued

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