Some of the incidents attended by The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) recently:
Saturday, 1.25pm: GNAAS assisted Cumbria paramedics with a 68-year-old man who had suffered a heart attack, near Alston. He was treated at the scene by the air ambulance doctor before being flown for specialist treatment at hospital. The flight took just 11 minutes and the patient was in a critical condition.
Saturday, 3.10pm: GNAAS attended a very serious road traffic collision involving a HGV on the A1, near Catterick, alongside Yorkshire paramedics. The patient sustained very serious injuries and was anaesthetised at the scene by the air ambulance doctor, before being flown to hospital which took just 7 minutes.
Sunday, 11:15am: GNAAS assisted the North East Ambulance Service at a parachute incident at Peterlee. A parachute instructor and student suffered a hard landing, resulting in injuries to both. The parachute instructor was assessed and treated by the aircrew paramedic and doctor before being flown to hospital.
Sunday, 2.00pm: GNAAS and North East road paramedics assisted a 26-year-old male who was involved in a single vehicle road traffic collision. He was anaesthetised at the scene by the air ambulance doctor before being flown to hospital. The flight took just 9 minutes and he sustained serious injuries.
Monday, 2.55pm: GNAAS attended a van and a tractor collision on a country road, near Matfen in Northumberland. A 27-year-old male had been ejected from the van and suffered arm and head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital and arrived in a stable condition. Two other patients were transferred to hospital by road.