The Great Western Air Ambulance charity celebrated their eighth anniversary with the help of patients who owed their lives to the air ambulance service. The service was established in 2008 as there was a huge need for an air ambulance that will serve the counties of Bristol and Bath as well as North and North-East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire.
Former Patients of the Air Ambulance Service Help Celebrate their Anniversary
Former patients Gary Daw and Peter Whitbread visited the air ambulance base to help the service celebrate their eight year anniversary. In 2010, Gary needed help from the crew when he passed out midst a paragliding event, 100 ft above the ground. He then plummeted to the ground and suffered a bleeding on the bran. The critical care team provided him with provided him with pre-hospital care on the scene before airlifting him to the hospital.
Back in 2014, Peter blacked out while driving the car and crashed into a wall. He suffered from serious injuries to his head and knees and was left fighting for his life. Within 15 minutes, the critical care team got to the scene and began providing him with life-saving treatment before he could be escorted to the hospital by road ambulance. Peter credits his recovery to the skill and dedication of the team.
Great Western Air Ambulance Eight Years Back
The air ambulance service received its first call on 3rd June eight years ago, when the crew rushed to the scene of a road traffic collision. Since then, the team of dedicated critical care doctors and paramedics has carried out 15,642 missions with the help of their equipped helicopter and a critical care car. The charity requires £2.3 million each year to carry out its operations.