Air ambulance on for record number of call-outs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 July 2017

The air ambulance landed on the new slabs of the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare earlier this year. Picture: Nick Page Hayman (iwitness24)

The air ambulance landed on the new slabs of the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare earlier this year. Picture: Nick Page Hayman (iwitness24)

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The air ambulance is on course to attend more incidents in 2017 than ever before.

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity service (GWAAC) helicopter has been dispatched to 917 missions in the first half of the year, with a large amount of them occurring in North Somerset.

Excluding Bristol, only Gloucestershire, with 167 incidents, outnumbers the 106 emergencies the service has had to deal with in North Somerset.

A GWAAC spokesman said: “In less than four minutes from receiving a call, the team are on-board and in the air flying towards the patient, shaving vital minutes off of a patients’ waiting time when they are most in need.

“Each minute counts and it’s these minutes which can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of patients each year.”

GWAAC costs £2.6million to run each year and it reliant on donations.


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