The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) attended five incidents at the beginning of the bank holiday weekend:
On Friday at 12:30pm, GNAAS was called to Seatoller in the Lake District, where a cyclist had crashed at high speed while descending Honister Pass. The 30-year-old woman had sustained serious leg injuries and was flown to the major trauma centre at Royal Preston Hospital for treatment. The flight took 25 minutes and she arrived in a stable condition. GNAAS was asssisted by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).
At 1.30pm, GNAAS was called to Rothbury, Northumberland, where a mother and daughter had sustained burns when they were caught in a grass fire. GNAAS airlifted an 11-year-old girl who had burns to her face, hands and legs. She was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. The flight took 13 minutes and the girl was stable on arrival. Her mother was taken to hospital by road.
At 3pm, GNAAS was called to assist NWAS with a man who had sustained serious head injuries following a motorcycle crash on the A686 near Langwathby. The man was anaesthetised at the scene by the GNAAS crew before being flown to Newcastle’s RVI in 18 minutes where he arrived in a critical condition.
At 4.20pm, GNAAS was called from their Newcastle Airport base to Eighton Banks, Gateshead, where a 64-year-old woman had fallen from her horse. She was examined by the aircrew but found to have no serious injuries and was therefore transferred to hospital by road. From the scene, GNAAS was called to Stockton-on-Tees, where a 84-year-old man was reported to be in cardiac arrest at home. The GNAAS doctor-led crew arrived on scene but sadly, despite the best efforts of emergency services present, the man was pronounced dead.
GNAAS is a charity funded entirely by the public.