The Great North Air Ambulance Service, otherwise known as GNAAS, has recently announced its plans to set up a centre for excellence in the medical field. According to the plans, the centre will be set up in the north east regions of England, bringing air ambulance crews and fundraising and administration staff all under one roof.
Factors Behind the Development of the Plan
GNAAS announced its plans to set up an excellence centre to bring all of their departments under one roof so that they can enhance training and research. The idea is to streamline its operations and enhance its ability to provide better medical service for those who serious injuries and illnesses. GNAAS is currently operating from Durham Tees Valley Airport but other departments are located elsewhere.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service has its administrative department operating out of Darlington, while its fundraising offices are located at Newton Aycliffe. But after the development of a centre for excellence, all these departments will be able to function under one roof.
The goal is to take their comprehensive medical care to the next level from this new site. From this new site, different teams will be able to share their knowledge with other departments so as to benefit patients in the long run.
Efforts Made by the Air Ambulance Service
In order to put this plan into action, the charity air ambulance operator has applied for government funding of £1.9million. Through this plan, GNAAS aims to leave their Cumbria operations unaffected but focus on the Tees Valley and Darlington areas.
GNAAS continuously develops new and effective methods to enhance their service and quality of medical care. Since January 2015, their aircrafts started carrying blood to carry out emergency blood transfusions. This has helped save 18 lives in April alone, which is an amazing achievement.