“Without GNAAS I wouldn’t be here.”

Daniel Gilchrist, 66, and his wife Isabel, 63, were travelling from their home in Uddingston to Jedburgh to see one of their friends, who was about to get married. During the journey they decided to cross the border and grab a coffee, however they never reached their destination after they were involved in a collision … Continued

Restaurant Manager launches rainbow challenge for GNAAS

Ben Hunt, from Eaglescliffe, was inspired to start the challenge, which involves doing an activity with a crochet rainbow, after witnessing several images of rainbows in people’s windows during a walk with his family. He said: “On one of our daily activities outside, myself and my partner Caroline and our two girls Molly and Isabella … Continued

Horse rider who suffered stroke discovers passion for cycling

Melanie Rogers nearly died in the riding accident, which happened near Tudhoe, County Durham, in 2016. The 60-year-old of Darlington was thrown from her horse, Bonnie, and then trampled as they prepared to cross a river. In her haste to get away, Bonnie stood straight on Melanie’s neck, dissecting one of her carotid arteries, one … Continued

Teesside photographer donates £5,500 book proceeds

Eric Taylor, a Normanby Local History Group member, wrote a book called ‘A Reflection of South Bank’ featuring several historical photos and information about South Bank, in Middlesbrough. He said: “I wasn’t born in South Bank, my dad was from Grangetown and my mother from Newcastle and as she said, although she married a Yorkshire … Continued

GNAAS paramedic Jamie Walsh recalls Helvellyn rescue

He suffered several injuries including breaking his neck in three places, his back in four, fractured his ribs, and ruptured his spleen and kidney. Our doctor and paramedic team worked alongside Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team (PMRT), and a search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick to assess and treat Paul in horrendous weather conditions, before airlifting him … Continued

One of the region’s first airlifted patients visits GNAAS

Please note: This visit took place before the COVID-19 outbreak Anthony Carr, 55, from Bellingham, was involved in a two-vehicle collision near Ponteland, Newcastle in May 1990. At the time, the ambulance service had just started trialling a helicopter to transport patients to hospital, so they flew to the scene. GNAAS did not exist back … Continued

What it’s like working on the airdesk

How long do you monitor the desk for? The desk is always manned by a clinician and we try and take turns. On average, we sit for one hour before swapping to ensure full concentration. How do you find the responsibility of being on the desk? Working on the desk can be very stressful at … Continued

Italian clinician gives update on COVID-19

Simone Celi, an advanced nurse practitioner, works for the Regional Emergency-Urgency Agency (AREU) in the Lombardy region in Northern Italy. He originally visited GNAAS with a colleague to learn about delivering blood transfusions in a pre-hospital setting and observed the critical care teams at both Langwathby and Teesside International Airport for four days. COVID-19: With … Continued

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