Air ambulance charity responds 107 times in Northamptonshire in busiest year in three years

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Northamptonshire was noted as their third busiest area to be called to as they applied everything from emergency evacuations to on site care

Last year was a busy one for lifesaving charity Magpas Air Ambulance, as its team of specialist doctors and critical care paramedics responded to 1,264 emergency calls for help; making 2021 the charity’s busiest year in three years.

With the service being called to patients in life-threatening emergencies in Northamptonshire 107 times, making the county the Magpas advanced medical team’s third busiest area to be called to.

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Magpas Air Ambulance, based at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire, supports the ambulance service by bringing additional skills and treatments to the scene of a patient’s incident, which are usually only available in a hospital emergency department.

Magpas air ambulance. Image courtesy of Digital Photography by Rob HoldingMagpas air ambulance. Image courtesy of Digital Photography by Rob Holding
Magpas air ambulance. Image courtesy of Digital Photography by Rob Holding

Following the same pattern as recent years, medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions and accidental injuries remained Magpas Air Ambulance’s most attended incidents, however as life has slowly been beginning to return to normal, the amount of self-harm incidents have fortunately decreased while assaults have risen.

Andy Ormiston, Magpas Air Ambulance critical care paramedic, said: “It’s important to remember that behind the data, every statistic and figure is a person whose life is on the line.

"We attend the most critically ill or injured patients, and so we are trained to respond to very serious medical emergencies and make a crucial difference in those situations.

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"Importantly we deliver this care early at the scene which can make a real difference between life and death for many patients, demonstrating the absolute need for advanced care teams like Magpas Air Ambulance.”

Lucy Chapman, Magpas Air Ambulance’s director of fundraising and marketing, added: “Despite continuing to face the challenges of the pandemic this year, it’s clear our lifesaving service is as crucial as ever for patients across counties in and around the east of England.

"It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of last year we were still in the thick of the pandemic and became one of only three air ambulances in the country to provide inter-hospital transfers of Covid-19 patients by air.

"Since then, and particularly as restrictions were eased in spring, it’s been non-stop for our team of dedicated clinicians who continue to work every day and night to keep all of us safe.

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“However they can only continue to save lives and keep families together 24/7 with the support of the communities we serve."