Northern Ireland

First air ambulance arrives in Belfast

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Media captionThe new air ambulance for Northern Ireland has arrived in Belfast

The new air ambulance for Northern Ireland has arrived in Belfast.

It touched down at Titanic Belfast this morning, and will tour Northern Ireland over the next two days.

It is hoped the helicopter will come into service by March. Decisions are yet to be made about staffing and a permanent base for the helicopter.

Northern Ireland was previously the only area in the UK without a HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service).

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Image caption Dr Hinds provided medical assistance at motorcycle race events

The helicopter has arrived after a campaign for an air ambulance service by the late Dr John Hinds.

Dr Hinds died in an accident in July 2015, but his partner Dr Janet Acheson continued his campaigning work.

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Image caption Dr Janet Acheson lobbied for an air ambulance following her partner's death

Earlier this year the then chancellor George Osborne provided £4.5m of banking fines to get the service up and running.

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