At around noon today, the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) aircraft were called to two separate incidents in Grasmere and Hartlepool.
The Guardian of the North aircraft was dispatched to a job in Hartlepool where a 75-year-old man had been hit by a motorcycle. The GNAAS doctor-led aircrew worked alongside North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat the patient for non-life threatening head and leg injuries. He was flown to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, in a flight that took just nine minutes, the same journey by road would have taken around 25 minutes. He arrived at hospital in a stable condition.
Meanwhile in Grasmere, Lake District, the GNAAS Pride of Cumbria aircraft was in called to assist a man, believed to be in his 80s, who had collapsed in cardiac arrest. Three nearby first responders rushed to the scene and resuscitated the man before the GNAAS doctor-led aircrew assessed the patient and he started to show signs of consciousness. The GNAAS aircrew worked alongside the community first responders and the North West Ambulance Service. He was then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, in just 14 minutes, this same journey by road would have taken around one hour and ten minutes. He arrived at hospital in a stable condition.