Air Ambulance adds a new Cumbrian paramedic to its critical care team

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has added a new Cumbrian paramedic to its critical care team.

Carlisle-born Mike Sproat joined the charity just a few short weeks ago and has already made a huge impression.

The father-of-two will be working from the organisation’s base in Penrith, Cumbria, and will fly primarily on the charity’s Pride of Cumbria II helicopter.

Mike said: “I have worked for the ambulance service for a long time and working for GNAAS is the only other thing I have really wanted to do.

“I feel so privileged to be a paramedic and it feels especially good to be working across a patch I was born in and delivering that critical care to my own community.”

Before coming to GNAAS, Mike worked as a mental health nurse in London. He moved back home to Carlisle and joined the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in 2002.

Mike said: “I moved to London after I finished school to study nursing at University and I qualified in 1996.

“I loved being a mental health nurse and living in London and that’s also where I met my wife Sarah – we’ve been together since we were 19.”

GNAAS director of operations West, Lee Salmon, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Mike to the GNAAS team.  A true gentleman, with a loving and supportive family, to help him integrate and give 100% to the charity.

“His life experience, his professionalism, and his awesome clinical knowledge mean he will not only thrive in the GNAAS team, but he will help us grow the team in the right way.”

Mike said: “The team at GNAAS has been fantastic already and they are so friendly and welcome.

“In my free time, I love running, cycling, and walking our dog, Jasper. I also spend a large chunk of every weekend with my two sons at football matches and going to the Carlisle United games.”

Lee Salmon added: “His joining GNAAS allows us to expand our operational cover and provide much-needed resilience to our critical care teams.

“I wish him the very best of luck and trust he will only enhance our hard-working and devoted teams bringing critical care to the people of the region.”

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