Air crash investigators arrive in Cumbria after glider crashes

A team from the UK Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) will seek to determine the cause of the incident, which left the glider’s male pilot with a head injury, according to BBC Cumbria: A glider aircraft has crashed on a Cumbrian mountain. It happened on Cross Fell on the Pennines this afternoon. A man’s been … Continued

Bus accident response shows value of live-streaming service

14-year-old Karla Fish has been praised for the cool-headed way she responded after a boy was injured by a bus. The incident happened in Consett on Tuesday July 16. After alerting the North East Ambulance Service to the incident, Karla was contacted by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) to see if their crew could … Continued

Training to be an air ambulance doctor: Kate’s story

Kate Allen is a registrar in the busy emergency department at Sunderland Royal Hospital. For the last year, she’s also been training as an air ambulance doctor with the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). It’s fair to say it’s been something of a culture shock to go beyond the relative luxury of four walls … Continued

How to become an air ambulance doctor

Doctors enable a range of treatments and drug interventions that elevate the service from just a means of patient transport to a flying critical care unit capable of carrying out surgeries and blood transfusions on the roadside. But the job of air ambulance doctor is not for everyone. “When you are out there, you don’t … Continued

GNAAS busy on tragic day in County Durham

GNAAS sent two aircraft to two serious road traffic collisions in Newton Aycliffe and Wolsingham yesterday. In the first, the team flew to Newton Aycliffe at 12.57pm to reports of two cars colliding. Due to the severity of the incident, our team from Langwathby near Penrith also flew to assist. After extensive critical care on … Continued

How to become an air ambulance paramedic

Our critical care team typically includes one doctor and one paramedic. Although the two roles bring different skills and capabilities to the scene, at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), they do so from an equal standing. The team operates under incredible pressure and often in isolation, so the cohesion of the small team … Continued

What it’s like to train as an air ambulance paramedic

Ian Grey arrived at GNAAS in 2018 after fifteen years with the North East Ambulance Service. His career there saw him progress from being an advanced technician to a paramedic, through working in ambulance control, with the Hazard Area Response Team (HART) and serving a stint as line manager. He applied for a GNAAS role, … Continued

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

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