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Another busy year - and Christmas - for Magpas Air Ambulance

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Last year (2018) proved to be yet another extremely busy year for Magpas Air Ambulance’s 24/7 service.

2018 was a busy year for Magpas. (6330938)
2018 was a busy year for Magpas. (6330938)

Their medical team, who are specially trained to deal with the most serious medical emergencies, were called out an average of four times a day to people in life-threatening situations across the East of England, with the majority of incidents attended occurring in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk. In fact, the percentage of patients Magpas Air Ambulance treated in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk increased by two per cent compared to 2017 and Bedfordshire still remains the 2nd busiest county for the service.

Cardiac arrests were the most frequent reason for calling on the specialist skills of the Magpas team, followed by road traffic collisions and falls, and throughout the year the medics placed someone into a medically induced coma at the scene of their incident on average two to three times a week. This is just one of the many treatments the Magpas Air Ambulance team are trained to provide outside of a hospital, which means they can deliver hospital-level care directly to a patient when time is of the essence.

The demand for the lifesaving charity continued to be high throughout the Christmas period, with Magpas Air Ambulance being the only service of its kind across the East of England to be available 24/7. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s day the charity’s doctor and paramedic team were activated 33 times, and used their expert knowledge and skills to treat patients suffering a wide range of medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, falls, burns, severe sports injuries and more. Their busiest day during the festive period was New Year’s Day and during the 12 hour night shift on New Year’s Eve the medics travelled over 400 miles in the Magpas Air Ambulance Rapid Response Vehicle.

Natalie Church, director of operations at Magpas Air Ambulance explains: “Looking back at what we have achieved and the care we have provided throughout 2018, the need for our service is very clear. Throughout the year the Magpas medical team responded to 1,512 emergency calls and travelled over 83,000 miles in the Magpas Air Ambulance and Rapid Response Vehicles. That’s the equivalent of travelling nearly 3 ½ times around the world, delivering advanced medical care to anyone in the region who finds themselves in a life-threatening medical emergency!

Daryl Brown, Magpas Air Ambulance CEO, added: “All our dedicated medics and staff work tirelessly to bring hospital-level care by land and by air to seriously ill and injured patients across the East of England. We expect to be just as busy in 2019, but with consistent demands on our service and a new, next generation helicopter coming into operation this April, we really need your support. We can only operate thanks to donations from the communities within which we work and it is thanks to this crucial support that we are able to provide patients with the very best chances of survival and recovery.”

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