North West Air Ambulance

North West Air Ambulance called out to 200 incidents

The North West Air Ambulance Service responded to nearly 200 incidents in Cumbria in the last year.

The service, which has helicopters in Greater Manchester and Preston, covers the south of the county - but has been as far north as Carlisle in the last 12 months.

James, who's a helicopter pilot, says the aircraft make a big difference to patients in need.

If it's an hour-and-a-half or two-hour drive, we can be there in 20 minutes and that can make a real big difference to that patient."

Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Woman flown to hospital after fire in Kendal home

A woman has been flown to hospital after a fire at a house in Lound Road, Kendal.

All three main emergency services were called just before noon, and the woman was found suffering from injuries that were serious but not thought to be life-threatening.

She was flown to hospital by an air ambulance, in what police say was an isolated incident that did not present a threat to anyone else.

Up to 10 casualties in 'very serious' M58 crash

Three teenagers and a man have been taken to hospital following a "very serious" multi-vehicle crash on the M58 motorway, the NW Air Ambulance Service has said.

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It said up to 10 people have been hurt in the collision on the westbound carriageway between junction 4 at Skelmersdale and junction 3 at Bickerstaffe in west Lancashire and two air ambulances are still at the scene.

One man, thought to be in his 60s, has sustained serious injuries in the crash which happened shortly before 09:00.

The closure of the M58 was extended back to junction 3 at Upholland due to a second crash at 10:30 and has now been moved back to the M6 Orrell interchange, said Highways England.

No-treatment calls cost ambulance service £1m a month

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) says it's spending more than a million pounds a month on unnecessary call-outs.

The trust which operates the service said, on average, crews attend 1,181 calls each month where no patient could be found and a further 6,207 incidents where casualties refuse treatment.

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NWAS has urged 999 callers to ring back to cancel the call if the casualty decides to go to hospital with a family member or gets treatment elsewhere.

Attending each call costs the trust £145 and the total annual cost of £12.86m could fund 92 fully-equipped ambulances or staffing costs for 286 paramedics.

Ambulance service seeks more first responders

The North West Ambulance Service is appealing for more volunteer Community First Responders.

More than 500 Cumbrians already give up their time to attend emergencies, often arriving before ambulances.

The ambulance service says providing more immediate basic first aid can literally mean the difference between life and death, particularly in rural areas.

Anyone interested who should email the service, with their name and postcode.

Ambulance crews had a busy weekend, apparently...

Martin Lewes

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Simon Walton is a paramedic in the county, who occasionally tweets about the work.

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