Great North Air Ambulance Service

  1. Air ambulance lands at its new home

    Pride of Cumbria

    A life-saving air ambulance has landed in its new home.

    The Pride of Cumbria II will be based in Langwathby, near Penrith, and was welcomed by the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

    The aircraft, which also made its first flight in the county in front of its new team, will replace the existing Pride of Cumbria which is almost 30 years old. It has served the region since 2011.

    David Stockton, chief executive of the charity, said: "Last summer, the Guardian of the North II arrived at the charity and now, with the addition of the Pride of Cumbria II, we have completely revamped our aircraft and it’s time to look forward, not back.

    "The ongoing support of the people of Cumbria has been phenomenal and this new helicopter is our way of repaying that loyalty, which in turn, will allow us to save many more lives and keep families together."

    The new Dauphin N3 aircraft is expected to serve Cumbria for about 15 years.

    The charity said the Covid-19 pandemic left it with estimated financial losses of about £100,000 per month.

  2. New air ambulance set for Cumbria arrival

    Cumbria's new air ambulance will fly into the county later.

    The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) bought the helicopter from a private seller and it's been refurbished in Leeds.

    It will replace the 30-year-old Pride of Cumbria and will land at the organisation's base near Penrith at lunchtime.

    The charity that runs the service said it is more powerful than the old chopper and has a longer range. It's due to operate for at least the next 15 years.

    GNAA has another helicopter based in the North East.

    GNAA's new helicopter
  3. Walker taken to hospital after Coniston fall

    A woman hit her head when she slipped and fell while descending the Old Man of Coniston.

    Eighteen members of Coniston Mountain Rescue were involved in helping the woman, who had briefly been knocked unconscious by the fall.

    She was carried by stretcher and then flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to Furness General Hospital.

    Members of Coniston MRT and casualty
  4. Man flown to hospital after 'attack by bull'

    A man's been flown to hospital after being reportedly injured by a bull near Penrith.

    The Great North Air Ambulance says its critical care team was sent to Clifton at 10:40 this morning.

    The man, whose injuries are believed to be serious, was treated by paramedics and a doctor, before a 25-minute flight to hospital.

  5. Air medics show Italian service how to take blood on calls

    Paramedics from the Great North Air Ambulance have helped colleagues from the equivalent Italian service follow their example in carrying blood supplies on emergency missions.

    Italian air ambulance

    Two members of staff from the Italian air ambulance service, AREU, visited GNAA bases in Langwathby in Cumbria and on Teesside, spending four days learning about delivering blood transfusions before a patient has arrived in hospital.

    Staff from the GNAA believe carrying blood on board the aircraft has saved dozens of lives since 2015.

    Afterwards Dr Francesco Daminelli, from AREU, said help from his Cumbrian colleagues had been fundamental to the Italian service adopting the same practice.

    Quote Message: This can only be a good thing for the public and the healthcare system, and we are delighted that we can offer this service to our residents." from Dr Francesco Daminelli
    Dr Francesco Daminelli
  6. Walker flown to hospital after Helm Crag fall

    A woman who fell 15ft (4.6m) on Helm Crag, above Grasmere, was badly hurt and was winched into a Coastguard helicopter and flown to hospital.

    Woman being winched into helicopter

    It's thought she suffered head and pelvis injuries in the fall, just before 13:30 yesterday.

    Volunteers from the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue team were called out and the woman was given first aid by them and air ambulance paramedics before being flown to hospital in Preston.

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    Video caption: Jet suit trial for Great North Air Ambulance paramedics

    A first test flight has been carried out in the Lake District.

  8. Air ambulance seeks 'legend' bus driver

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service is hoping to track down a "legend" bus driver, who came to the aid of its crew.

    The aircraft was unable to land at the scene of the emergency in Dunston, so medics had to run from the landing site.

    They were offered a lift by the passing bus, and the driver is now being sought to be thanked.

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  9. Teenager rescued from river at Eamont Bridge

    Police, ambulance, fire service and air ambulance crews were all involved in the rescue of a 16-year-old boy from the River Eamont yesterday.

    Eden Police say the boy got into difficulty in the water just before 17:00 at Eamont Bridge, but was rescued and treated for minor injuries.

  10. First call out for latest Great North Air Ambulance

    The first call-out for the Great North Air Ambulance came just minutes after staff had started the day at their new headquarters near Eaglescliffe.

    The latest helicopter which is faster and more powerful than the charity’s existing aircraft, left the base just before 0900 to help a patient in Prudhoe.

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  11. New Great North Air Ambulance helicopter launches

    The Great North Air Ambulance is hoping its new faster helicopter will help it save more lives.

    The charity's latest addition has just started work from its new base at Progress House in Urlay Nook.

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  12. GNAA says farewell to Teesside airport

    It's moving day for the Great North Air Ambulance.

    Today it left its base at Teesside International Airport for the last time before starting operations from a new base tomorrow.

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    Video caption: County Durham man handcycles for Great North Air Ambulance

    Nick Copson is now raising money for the charity which saved his life.

  14. Air ambulance launches fundraiser to plug £10k coronavirus gap

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has launched a £10,000 raffle to fill a funding gap caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The charity said it has seen donations slump over the past few months as a result of cancelled events and fundraising with donations in June were at about a third of their usual level.

    Paramedics pose with balloons in front of air ambulance

    GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson said: “The downturn in donations is a big worry for us, as we rely on that money to survive. It’s that support which has enabled us to work throughout this crisis without losing one minute of flying time."

    The raffle typically raises more than £100,000 for the charity every year. After ticket sales were opened on Friday, more than 3,000 were sold through the charity’s website.