We’re supporting National Blood Week

We’re supporting National Blood Week and World Blood Donor Day, because thanks to those who give blood, we have been able to administer 264 blood or plasma transfusions to patients since 2015. National Blood Week runs this week, June 10 to 16, aiming to increase the amount of people giving blood. Without the support of … 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

Award-winning paramedic joins GNAAS

Steve Miles, from Cramlington, was a senior paramedic at the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), before joining GNAAS, which has bases at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Langwathby in Cumbria. Mr Miles first joined NEAS as a trainee advanced technician in 2003 before qualifying as a paramedic in 2006. In 2017 he won the Emergency … Continued

How ‘ECMO’ treatment saved drowned schoolboy

In years gone by, the schoolboy would not have had a chance of survival. But thanks to specialist equipment and the expertise of healthcare staff, Kacper is making a strong recovery. Last week, just two months after the incident, he walked into the Great North Air Ambulance Service base at Langwathby to thank the charity’s … 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

Italian life-savers fly in to learn about blood transfusions

Simone Celi, an advanced nurse practitioner and Christian Salaroli, an anaesthetist, are from the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. They work for an organisation called the Regional Emergency-Urgency Agency (AREU) and last week visited GNAAS for four days to learn about delivering blood transfusions in a pre-hospital setting. This is a technique that they are interested … Continued

GNAAS charity staff move into new headquarters

The move to Progress House in Urlay Nook, Eaglescliffe, has brought fundraising, lottery and admin teams together under the same roof for the first time. Office staff are excited to welcome the operational team based at Durham Tees Valley Airport to the new headquarters later in the year, while our Cumbrian base in Langwathby will … 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

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