The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the A591 near Thirlmere, the Lake District, yesterday at 6.50pm to a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a car.
The GNAAS doctor-led aircrew worked alongside paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, North West Air Ambulance Service and two rapid response BASICS doctors in treating the female passenger of the motorcycle for multiple major trauma injuries.
The woman, believed to be in her late 40s and from Cornwall, was placed into an induced coma on scene before she was flown to the major trauma centre, James Cook University Hospital (JCUH) in Middlesbrough. En route to JCUH, the patient was given a transfusion consisting of one unit of blood and one unit of plasma.
The flight to hospital took just 20 minutes, whereas the same journey by road would have taken around two hours. The patient arrived in a critical condition.