The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to Heversham, near Kendal, yesterday at 3.15pm where an elderly lady had fallen down stairs and sustained a serious head injury. The patient, believed to be in her 70s and from the local area, was treated by North West Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance Service paramedics before GNAAS was called to assist with our doctor-led team. She was assessed and put into an induced coma by the GNAAS doctor before she was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital. The flight to hospital took just 15 minutes, the same journey by road would have taken around 50 minutes. She arrived at hospital in a critical condition.
Later yesterday, at 7.30pm, GNAAS was called to Belford, Northumberland, where a man had fallen from a rock face while climbing. The man, believed to be in his 40s and from Newcastle, was found at the base of the cliff known as Back Bowden Doors with multiple serious injuries. He was removed from the area by the Hazardous Area Response Team and Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and taken to the waiting GNAAS aircraft. He was treated by the GNAAS aircrew before being flown to Northumberland Specialist Emergency Care (NSEC) hospital in Cramlington. The flight to NSEC took just ten minutes, by road this same journey would have taken around 55 minutes. He arrived in a stable condition. The GNAAS aircrew would like to thank Samson Aviation at Newcastle International Airport for working late to allow our Guardian of the North aircraft to refuel and then return to base.