GWAAC is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Lets hope that they will continue saving lives over the next ten years.

GREAT WESTERN AIR AMBULANCE

The Critical Care team from the GWAAC worked alongside paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service for 50 minutes to try and save the life of Jess. Unfortunately they were unable to. Having to break the news to me was done very professionally and they took the time to sit with me to make sure I was ok. They are a wonderful team of people and this is why I want to help raise funds to help keep the flying.

The Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) was founded in 2008. They provide emergency care to people who are so critically unwell that they require the specialist skills of their team. They are part of the regional 999 response service and work closely with the NHS hospitals They are entirely charity funded.

This amazing group of people are on standby 365 days a year. On average they attend 5 incidents each day. In 2016 they went on 1,753 missions.

10/05/19 Over the last week, GWAAC were tasked to 39 incidents across Bristol, Calne, Bath, Gloucester, Salisbury, Malmesbury, Cheltenham, Radstock, Bridgwater, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Chippenham and Burnham-on-Sea

03/05/19 Over the last week, GWAAC were tasked to 31 incidents across Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Lydney, Stroud, Winscombe, Clevedon, Calne, Cirencester, Swindon and Burnham-on-Sea

26/04/19 Over the last week, GWAAC were tasked to 40 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgwater, Gloucester, Lydney, Bath, Stroud, Winscombe, Coleford, Clevedon, Caldicot and Wells

18/04/19 Over the last week, GWAAC were tasked to 38 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgwater, Chepstow, Gloucester, Cirencester, Pewsey, Stow-on-the-Wold, Melksham and Wotton-under-Edge

15/04/19 In March GWAAC were tasked to 151 incidents

29/03/19 Over the last week, GWAAC were tasked to 26 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Bath, Burnham-on-Sea, Coleford, Chippenham, Weston-Super-Mare and Wotton-under-Edge

22/03/19 Over the last week, GWAAC have been tasked to 45 incidents across Bristol, Dursley, Swindon, Stroud, Gloucester, Monmouth, Cinderford, Tewkesbury, Chepstow, Weston-Super-Mare, Bath, Frome, Nailsea, Cirencester, Clevedon and Cheltenham

15/03/19 Over the last week, GWAAC have been tasked to 29 incidents across Bristol, Dursley, Cheltenham, Swindon, Stroud, Gloucester, Clevedon and Wiltshire

08/03/19 Over the last week, GWAAC have been tasked to 28 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester, Clevedon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. 18 of these were attended to in one of our critical care cars

07/03/19 It may not be a pot of gold but it is the GWAAC helicopter looking glorious! Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care Jack who captured another brilliant image

01/03/19 Over the last week, GWAAC have been tasked to 37 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester, Swindon, Caldicot, Moreton-in-Marsh and Gloucestershire. 28 of these were attended to in one of our critical care cars

28/02/19 This picture was captured on the helideck at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham after GWAAC airlifted a patient there

18/02/19 In January GWAAC were tasked to 170 incidents across our patch. Thank you to everyone who supports us and allows us to continue to be there for people who need it the most

08/02/19 Over the last week GWAAC were tasked to 29 incidents across Bristol, Swindon, Gloucestershire, Chepstow, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Cirencester, Monmouthshire and Stroud. 22 of these were attended to in one of our critical care cars

25/01/19 Last week GWAAC were tasked to 44 incidents across Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester, Nailsea, Bridgwater, Swindon, Gloucestershire, Melksham and Cheltenham. 32 of these were attended to in one of our critical care cars

19/01/19 Every incident the Critical Care team are called to is different, but with the right training, support and professional development, they are able to walk into any situation knowing that they are prepared and ready to spring into action

19/01/19 This picture of Helimed 65 was captured by a member of the public in Wotton-Under-Edge

18/01/19 Over the last week GWAAC were tasked to 34 incidents across Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Cheltenham, Stroud, Bradford-on-Avon, Forest of Dean and Gloucester

15/01/19 Last year GWAAC attended to a record number of incidents making it the busiest year to date. In 2018 GWAAC attended to 1,887 incidents across the region

10/01/19 The most important lady on the team HM65 (Helimed65) making an early start at the Almondbury air base

09/01/19 HM65 was sent to assist Wiltshire Air Ambulance at the scene of a serious RTC where persons were reported trapped

04/01/19 Over the last week GWAAC were tasked to 35 incidents across Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucestershire, Clevedon, Bath, Newport, Cheltenham, Bradford-on-Avon and Gloucester

28/12/18 Over the last four days GWAAC were tasked to 20 incidents across, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucestershire, Bridgwater, Clevedon, Bath and Gloucester

21/12/18 Last week GWAAC were tasked to 35 incidents across Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester, Stroud, Cheltenham, Swindon, Burnham-on-Sea, Monmouthshire, Melksham, Gloucestershire, Chippenham, Clevedon and Newent

14/12/18 Last week GWAAC were tasked to 29 incidents across, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Gloucester, Stroud, Chew Valley, South Gloucestershire, Portishead, Cirencester and Cheltenham

18/11/18 When a baby is born early they are vulnerable and need highly specialist care. We now have premature baby manikins within our training equipment, helping to be prepared and increasing the chances of survival should we be called to a seriously ill baby.

18/11/18 In October GWAAC attended to 146 incidents across the region. 91 of these incidents were attended to in one of the Critical Care Cars.

09/11/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC have attended to 43 incidents across Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Weston Super Mare, Swindon, Chepstow, Gloucestershire and Stroud

02/11/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC have attended to 36 incidents across Bristol, Wiltshire, Cheltenham, Stroud, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Forest of Deane

26/10/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC have attended to 28 incidents across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Weston-Super-Mare, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Somerset.

26/10/18 CEO Anna Perry has her name on the front cover of a magazine. Babcock are the provider of the helicopter that GWAAC and many other organisations use

26/10/18 LATEST GWAAC UPDATE

This video marks a monumental week for GWAAC, having moved from Filton to Almondsbury. They have been given the opportunity to buy this base - they are half way there! If they can raise another £315,000, a generous local organisation have pledged to double this money! If you go to the following link you can see a video with an update:-

 

https://twitter.com/GWAAC/status/1055801076119691265

24/10/18 GWAAC won two awards at the #bbhealthandcareawards Volunteer & Community Sector Team of the Year and Healthcare Team of the Year

24/10/18 These are well deserved awards for everyone who is involved with GWAAC

16/10/18 The scene at the end of the first day of working from its new base and the helicopter is put away in a lovely new hangar

16/10/18 1 of 3 Dr Scott Grier was very grateful to two members of the public from Cirencester who very kindly took him and another crew member to the job they had been called to as they had to land quite a distance from the scene. They then returned later to take the crew back to the helicopter, what a lovely couple

16/10/18 2 of 3 Photograph taken Dr Scott Grier

16/10/18 3 of 3 Photograph taken by Dr Scott Grier

13/10/18 The John James Bristol Foundation have made a donation of £250,000 to the GWAAC #BuildOurBase appeal

13/10/18 Storm Callum was battering the South West but that did not stop GWAAC flying

12/10/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC have attended 40 incidents across Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Weston-Super-Mare, Cheltenham, Chepstow and North Somerset

12/10/18 GWAAC are excited to announce that they have started the move over to the new air base! Operations will not be affected during this time. They are still fundraising to purchase the new base, which will add long-term stability to the service.

12/10/18 GWAAC have had the assistance of the Wessex 4x4 Response Team volunteers to help move equipment to the new base in Almondsbury.

10/10/18 GWAAC recently attending a mission at Bristol Airport. They are available to provide Critical Care in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas - 7 days a week, 365 days a year

09/10/18 Plasma contains vital clotting factors needed to slow or stop bleeding. In 2017, GWAAC started carrying fresh frozen plasma within their kit. Administering plasma and blood on scene stabilises the patient long enough to get them to hospital.

05/10/18 Over the last 7 days the crew have been dispatched to 35 incidents across Stroud, Gloucester, Bristol, Wiltshire, Weston Super Mare, Keynsham, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and Wells

05/10/18 The Great Western Air Ambulance worked alongside colleagues from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance earlier in the week

29/09/18 This is Tim the last of the new trainee Critical Care Doctors. Tim has been a Doctor for nearly 10 years and is very close to qualifying as an Emergency Medicine Consultant. For several years Tim has worked in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (alongside his full-time role working in the Emergency Department in hospital) and he also has an MSc in Trauma Science. Here is what Tim had to say: ‘’GWAAC has a great reputation for being a very busy service, helping many seriously ill and injured people. The service provides excellent training opportunities and experience. The other main attraction for me is that I love Brizzle! I’m most looking forward to honing my pre-hospital critical care skills (such as pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia) under the watchful eyes of the experienced Consultants and Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care.’’

28/09/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC has attended 36 incidents in Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Weston Super-Mare, Forest of Dean, Cirencester and Wiltshire

22/09/18 This is Pete and he is training to become a Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care. Pete has previously worked as a paramedic for the last 11 years in Swindon and Reading. More recently he has also worked in the Emergency Department and on the Hazardous Area Response Team. Here is what Pete had to say when we asked why he wanted to join the GWAAC team: ‘‘I think critical care is at the cutting edge of pre-hospital care and for me is the pinnacle of the career. I’m most looking forward to working within a highly trained and disciplined team who also really care about staff welfare.’’

21/09/18 Over the last 7 days the crew have been despatched to 43 incidents across Weston Super Mare, Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Honiton, Bath and Swindon. Many people do not realise that they also have two Critical Care Cars. 30 of these incidents were attended to in one of the cars.

15/09/18 This week GWAAC welcomed a trainee Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care Matt. Matt has been working as a Paramedic in Bristol for the past 9 years. More recently he has also worked in the Emergency Department and on the Hazardous Area Response Team. Here is what Matt had to say when he was asked why he wanted to join the GWAAC team ‘’I have worked closely with the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity crews in recent years and witnessed first-hand the expert pre-hospital medicine they deliver in some very challenging environments. The unit is very clinically focused and always striving to improve patient care – That’s the greatest appeal to me.’’ Not only has Matt worked closely alongside the GWAAC team before in his previous role, but he also climbed Kilimanjaro last year to raise money for the charity!

08/09/18 Introducing one of our new trainee Critical Care Doctors Matt. Matt has had various training including completing a short service commission as a medical officer in the British Army, voluntary pre-hospital enhanced and critical care through BASICS with the West Midlands Care Team and as a solo responder with MEDSERVE Wales as well as working with EMRTS Cymru as a clinical attendant. Here is what Matt had to say when we asked him why he wanted to join the GWAAC team ‘’In training to become a Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine consultant I wanted to join a service with a reputation for providing good training, with a strong focus on clinical governance and quality, that is well regarded by its PHEM trainees. GWAAC has all of those and is a busy unit offering a mix of air and land based deployments.’’

07/09/18 Over the last seven days GWAAC has been dispatched to 45 incidents across Bristol, Weston Super Mare, Bath, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Keynsham, Chippenham, Swindon, Stroud, Chepstow, Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Wiltshire.

03/09/18 Did you know that the GWAAC team can administer anaesthetics at the scene of an incident? When time is of the essence, the ability to carry out such interventions could be life-saving

02/09/18 Critical Care Paramedic Matt Baskerville taken some photos of Bristol Royal Infirmary and the surrounding area during his shift today

01/09/18 Meet the newest additions to the GWAAC crew! Two new trainee Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care and two new trainee Critical Care Doctors.

31/08/18 In the last 7 days GWAAC has attended 35 incidents across Cheltenham, Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Gloucester, Wiltshire

31/08/18 Pilot Jim Green showing yet again how perfect he can land/park the helicopter

31/08/18 Dr Scott Grier was working with GWAAC today and took these photographs

31/08/18 Some more photographs from Dr Scott Grier this time flying over GWAAC's new base

29/08/18 The HELP Appeal has made a generous donation of £300,000 to fund the helipad at the new base

28/08/18 This is the view from the RAC Press Office of the new GWAAC base

A few more. Jim and GWAAC have been busy recently

More sights from Jim and GWAAC

More photographs from Pilot Jim Green of recent visits

Pilot Jim Green has been taking photographs of some of the recent locations GWAAC has visited

GWAAC can reach any part of their coverage area within 20 minutes of lifting off

13/08/18 If the pilot of the GWAAC can park his helicopter perfectly in the white lines I think alot of car drivers could take some lessons from him

07/08/18 Burnham Coastguard were tasked to set up a landing site on Brean Beach for GWAAC who had been requested to attend after a lady she had been kicked in the chest by a horse. A real team effort from the RNLI lifeguards, the Beach Warden, South Western Ambulance Service and of course GWAAC

07/08/18 Did you know that as well as our helicopter we also have two Critical Care Cars? In July our Critical Care team attended 131 incidents across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and surrounding areas - 78 of these were by Critical Care Cars

03/08/18 Over the past 7 days the crew have attended 25 incidents across Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucestershire

03/08/18 Whilst at the Whitchurch fire this morning, unfortunitely there was an unrelated medical call we came across with hicks gate crews. 1 person was in cardiac arrest. Crews performed CPR & used the AED, before being handed over to GWAAC and South Western Ambulance Service. Another important job where teamwork was required

01/08/18 This was the the scene is Gloucestershire where GWAAC attended an incident

25/07/18 CEO of GWAAC Anna Perry visited the building site that will be the new base

The walls inside are now almost complete at the new base in Almondsbury

23/07/18 Over the past 7 days the crew has attended 33 incidents in Bristol, Gloucester, Weston-Super-Mare, Bath, Southampton, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Stroud, Cheltenham

20/07/18 Some more photos of the new air base taken by Matt Baskerville

13/07/18 The crew have been tasked to 22 incidents over the past 7 days in Gloucester, Bristol, Wales, Cheltenham, Wiltshire, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Somerset

13/07/18 The GWAAC has saved thousands of lives over the past 10 years. To ensure that they can keep doing this for the forseeable future they will be moving to a brand new purpose built air base in Almondsbury towards the end of 2018

12/07/18 This is the reason that GWAAC desperately need a new base. It the weather stays dry its fine but when it rains they get their own indoor swimming pool. This is why I am helping to raise money for them

11/07/18 Moving to a new air base will give the crews a warm and dry working environment. This will include training facilities for them to keep up to date with their critical care skills

10/07/18 The current air base of the GWAAC is the oldest in the country dating back to before the First World War. It has been good to them over the years but is now cold, damp and no longer fit for purpose

03/07/18 Last week the crew attended 43 incidents across Bristol, Chepstow, Gloucester, Weston-Super-Mare, Chippenham, Cheltenham, Swindon, Gloucestershire, Bath, Clevedon

29/06/18 These are some photos taken by Matt on the crew on a very sunny and warm Friday

29/06/18 They were tasked to 6 jobs during the day. One of these jobs was actually to Cardiff and as you can imagine it was very hot on board the helicopter

25/06/18 A view from the helicopter over the weekend. The crews were called to 53 incidents over the previous week in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Cardiff, Bath, Dorset, Clevedon, Wiltshire

A map of the area that GWAAC covers

13/06/2018 In May GWAAC attended 172 incidents across Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset

12/06/18 Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton one of the tighter landing sites GWAAC attends

11/06/18 Views from another bright and sunny day of flying over Bristol

GWAAC TRAINING

If anyone thinks these brilliant crew members sit around drinking tea waiting for calls you would be very wrong. They are constantly training, testing their fitness, familiarity of kit and clinical skills

11/06/18 The iconic green and blue GWAAC helicopter is back in business

11/06/18 GWAAC looking fabulous

10/06/18 Meet the Critical Care Team of GWAAC

10/06/18 GWAAC back where she belongs after routine maintenance

09/06/2018 The wanderer has returned. GWAAC have their green and blue helicopter back after routine maintenance

07/06/18 Some of the views from the jobs in the old spare helicopter

20/05/18 Pilot Jim Green shows the landing places from the past few days

16/05/18 Fiona Bruce was filming with GWAAC at Filton Airfield for Antiques Roadshow

11/05/18 The Police helicopter flew over the new base that it will be sharing with the GWAAC. Things are starting really starting to take shape now.

10/05/18

The replacement GWAAC helicopter needed to land on the field of Castle Batch School after school today.

10/05/18

The children attending Castle Club were treated to a talk by pilot Jim Green while the paramedics went to attend the emergency.

09/05/18 GWAAC leaving Weston-Super-Mare in the early evening

07/05/18

Dr Scott Grear took these photographs on 6th May, which saw them fly to patients as far away as Wales. They did 11 jobs on this day which had a total of 4 hours flying time. If you had travelled by car it would have been over 400 miles. A rather busy day

06/05/18

Some of the beautiful views that were seen by the crew during their flights on this day

07/05/18 GWAAC attended a motorcycle accident today working alongside South Western Ambulance Service and Avon Police.

06/05/18 Dr Scott Grier took this photograph as the helicopter flew over the development that will soon be home to the GWAAC

05/05/18 Even the crew had time for ice cream between jobs on a warm May Bank Holiday Monday.

APRIL UPDATE

One of the two Critical Care Cars that GWAAC use

In April the Great Western Air Ambulance attended 138 incidents across Bath, Bristol, North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Alot of people actually don't realise not only do they have the helicopter but they have 2 Critical Care Cars. 80 of the 138 incidents were attended by one of the cars.

27/04/18 3 of 3 Good to see Paramedic Jack is upto full fitness. Not always easy to get to patients

27/04/18 2 of 3 Doctor Andy Lockyer and Pilot Rich

27/04/18 1 of 3 Some great shots taken by the team

27/04/18 The usual helicopter G-GWAC (green) is currently in for maintenance, so they are using G-EMAA (red/yellow). This was GWAAC already in action yesterday

23/04/18 You really can land a helicopter wherever you need to in an emergency

22/04/18 The new base for GWAAC is taking shape nicely

20/04/18 Lovely shot against the clear blue sky

The crews have been busy being tasked to 38 incidents in the past 7 days. These have been across Bristol, Gloucestershire, Weston-Super-Mare, Forest of Dean, Bath, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Clevedon, Monmouthshire and Swindon.

20/04/18 Another beautiful aerial shot from the past couple of days the sun has well and truly been shining

20/04/18 Another shot taken over the past couple of days in the warm weather

20/04/18 This shot was taken from the helicopter during the past couple of days

05/04/18 The Great Western Air Ambulance dropped in on collegues at the Midlands Air Ambulance

05/04/18 Joel from South West Ambulance Service worked on a job alongside the team from Great Western Air Ambulance

12/03/18 1 of 3 Residents of Highbridge had a surprise when the Air Ambulance landed on the footpath.

12/03/18 2 of 3 The patient that GWAAC assisted with was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital by land.

12/03/18 3 of 3 The pilots of GWAAC will land the helicopter in the smallest possible area to help patients.

07/03/18 Some fantastic news is that Charli is now a fully Qualified Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care.

27/02/18 The Great Western Air Ambulance is in the warm away from 'The Beast From The East'.

17/02/2018 3 of 3 South Western Ambulance (Yeovil crews),Tony Boreham and GWAAC ensure that a patient in a remote location gets the best patient care

17/02/2018 2 of 3 South Western Ambulance (Yeovil crews),Tony Boreham and GWAAC ensure that a patient in a remote location gets the best patient care

17/02/17 1 of 3 South Western Ambulance (Yeovil crews), Tony Boreham and GWAAC ensure that a patient in a remote location gets the best patient care

17/02/2018 Another tight landing spot for the Critical Care Team

17/02/2018 Quite a tight landing area for the Critical Care Team

17/02/2018 Photo from one of the incidents attended by the Critical Care Team

UPDATE

16/02/2018 This photograph was taken by Critical Care Paramedic Matt

The crew of GWAAC have been dispatched to 32 jobs over the past 6 days across Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Swindon, Weston-Super-Mare and Stroud.

HUNDREDS OF BIKERS SET TO JOIN RIDE OUT EVENT IN AID OF AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY

Bath Echo - Wednesday 14th February 2018

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) has launched its annual Ride Out Event, Ride for GWAAC, which is set to take place on Sunday 15th July 2018.

The event will see hundreds of motorcycle riders converge on St Mary's Old Boys RFC, in Bradley Stoke.

The ride, which follows a new route this year, will see bikers travelling around Bristol, and finishing back at the rugby club for a fun-packed festival suitable for all the family.

You can continue reading this article at the following link:

https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/hundreds-bikers-set-join-ride-event-aid-air-ambulance-charity-77029/

08/02/2018 Beautiful sunset behind the helicopter on one of its many visits to Southmead Hospital in North Bristol.

07/02/2018 GWAAC working alongside Wales Air Ambulance. This is what teamwork is all about.

03/02/2018 The crew certainly look happy as the weekend begins

02/02/2018 When dispatched to a job and they have to land at a nearby site it can often be a school playing field. Fortunately this time the Critical Care Team were able to give the children abit of a tour of the helicopter. I think we can say everyone enjoyed it.

UPDATE

02/02/2018

Another busy week for GWAAC. The Critical Care Team were dispatched to 34 jobs across Weston-Super-Mare, Gloucester, Bristol, Cheltenham, Burnham-On-Sea and Chippenham.

BATH HALF MARATHON - 4TH MARCH 2018

 

Join us for one of the most popular runs in the country, raise funds for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity & help us save lives!

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity provide the critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. In 2016 the Critical Care Team attended 1,735 jobs by helicopter and our critical care cars, saving lives across the region.

We receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery, and so rely on your donations to keep us flying.

By joining our team you will be helping us raise the £2.6 million we need each year to stay operational.

Run for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and only pay £19 to register!

Whether you are a beginner or a more regular long-distance runner, the historic and scenic course is flat making it suitable for all abilities! The event takes place on the 4th March giving you plenty of time to train and take on the challenge of running 13.1 miles for a great cause.

Please contact GWACC to express your interest and they will be in touch with more information!

GREAT WALL OF CHINA TREK - SEPTEMBER 2018

If you would like to check out the enclosed link this gives information about a great event later in the year. You can take part if you are feeling very energetic or just follow the progress as people are trying to raise funds to keep GWAAC in the air.

https://greatwesternairambulance.com/china/

18/01/2018 - Beautiful start to the day for the GWAAC

ANDY LOCKYER - CRITICAL CARE DOCTOR

Andy was part of the team that tried so hard to save Jess's life

Critical Care Doctor Andy Lockyer is amongst 40 other British doctors, nurses and firefighters who have travelled to Bangladesh to help tackle a deadly outbreak of diphtheria. The help has been requested by the World Health Organistation.

Check out the link below for further details:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-42501169/rohingya-uk-medics-will-make-a-difference-to-diphtheria

ANDY LOCKYER IN BANGLADESH

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-doctor-helped-save-life-1079455

Andy is continuing to work hard over 5000 miles away saving lives during the ongoing outbreak of Diphtheria. Follow the link under the photo to find out how he and the rest of the team are getting on.

NEW BASE FOR GWAAC

On 15th December 2017 it was announced that construction work had begun on a new Air Operations base in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire for the Great Western Air Ambulance. (See picture) This will be shared with the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

BAE Systems purchased the land for use by GWAAC and NPAS as part of an agreement to sell Filton Airfield which is where the services are currently based.

The construction will involve a new purpose-build hangar, grassed final approach and take off area. There will also be a car park and access road. A new entrance is also going to be built that will allow access onto the A38. This will mean that when the GWAAC are unable to fly due to bad weather conditions that the doctors and paramedics can still get to patients quickly in the Critical Care Car.

Anne Perry, GWAAC Chief Executive said "Everyone at GWAAC is pleased that the work is beginning. The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base and this is a great location. It will mean that even when we cannot fly, our doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in our Critical Care Car.

The relocation of operations from Filton Airfield to Almondsbury should take place in Autumn 2018.

The old hanger at Filton Airfield is then going to be handed to Aerospace Bristol, a new museum celebrating Bristol's aerospace industry. BAE Systems' sponsor the museum.

 

GWAAC NEW BASE

This photograph was taken from the building opposite to where the new base is going to be. Certainly shows they are making progress already.

The start to 2018 has been a busy one for the Great Western Air Ambulance. From Monday to Saturday they have been tasked to 28 missions across Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Newport, Stroud, Weston-Super-Mare. Thoughts and prayers with all they patients they treated and thank goodness for the Critical Care Team.

Lovely close up of the life saving helicopter of the GWAAC

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