NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Ferry transfer needed from Papa Westray for patient due to helicopter problem

An Orkney island patient had to be transferred for hospital treatment by ferry due to an air ambulance helicopter technical issue.

The helicopter was sent to Papa Westray but then could not leave.

The paramedic crew stayed with the patient, who travelled into Kirkwall with Orkney Ferries instead.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said it was a non emergency transfer, and the patient arrived within the timescale agreed with the GP involved.

An engineer arrived on the island the following day and the helicopter was able to return to service.

The incident happened earlier this month.

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