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

‘Breech’ baby Reuben turns one

This meant the boy’s feet were facing downwards, which is a relatively rare occurrence and places both baby and mum at a slightly higher risk. Claire Charlton was facing an hour transfer to hospital by road, so the critical care team from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) flew to her aid. GNAAS paramedic … Continued

Fell runner who suffered seizures praises GNAAS

Nicky Ridley, 41, from Milnthorpe, Cumbria, was taking part in the Lakes Mountain 42 with her husband Chris when she collapsed on 30 March 2019. She said: “I remember setting off going up towards Loadpot fell and we’d overtaken the three people that actually stopped to help me. “I don’t remember much after looking behind … Continued

Tesco awards £25,000 to GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) says the money will enable the charity to reach hundreds more people every year. The grant was awarded through the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant Initiative, which asked shoppers in the retailer’s North East stores to choose one of three charities using its blue token scheme. Awards … Continued

Crash survivor reunited with doctor

Steven Higgins, 30, from Carlisle, was a passenger in a van when he was involved in a head-on collision on the A66 near Penrith on 14 February 2013. He suffered serious head trauma, a broken pelvis, hip and shoulder and was put into a medically induced coma at the roadside by the GNAAS paramedic and … Continued

COVID-19: With your help we will fly on

But given that everything we do is paid for by charity, the challenge is to maintain the level of donations required at a time when a large chunk of our fundraising activity has been suspended. We have already cancelled our community engagement work for the foreseeable future. This includes talks at businesses, schools and community … Continued

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