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The Great North Air Ambulance Service Receives Outstanding CQC Rating

The Care Quality Commission has given the North East’s “passionate” helicopter heroes an “outstanding” rating (CQC). Despite previous inspections, the CQC has never given the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) a formal rating. Following an evaluation in July, health inspectors have praised the service in glowing terms. The service was rated excellent overall, as well as safe and well-led. It was rated as effective, caring, and responsive. Management at GNAAS, which operates a charity based on donations, was understandably pleased with the report.

London Air Ambulance Appeals for Urgent Funding

The charity recently announced that it needs to raise $15 million by 2024 to replace two aging helicopters. It should be noted in this context that the organization receives 89% of its funding from public donations. Last year, LAA assisted 1,714 patients on the scene or about five per day. The charity hopes to raise awareness of the campaign by releasing new polling data showing that only 38% of Londoners are aware that the service is primarily funded by public donations. 36% thought it was funded by the NHS or central government, while 33% were unaware that LAA medics perform procedures such as open-chest surgery, blood transfusions, and reinflating collapsed lungs at the scene.

Air Ambulance of Kent, Surrey, and Sussex Unveils a 5-Year Plan

In 2021, the organization responded to 3,051 incidents, including medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and unintentional injuries, making it the busiest in its 32-year history. As demand soars, the charity intends to expand its services over the next five years. As part of this project, the air ambulance service will be extended by six hours per day, making one available 18 hours per day instead of 12 and the other 24 hours per day. The organization will also consider using drones to deliver defibrillators. It also revealed that it is investigating additional factors to improve medical interventions in the helicopter cabin.

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