A North East emergency service can now carry out potentially life-saving blood transfusions at the scene of an accident, thanks to a charity donation.
The Henry Surtees Foundation, founded by motorsport legend John Surtees OBE, has funded equipment for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) to be able to carry blood onboard.
The foundation’s support will buy thermostatically-controlled boxes and blood warmers, and two four-wheel drive Vauxhall Mokka vehicles will be provided for Northumbria and Cumbria Blood Bikes to give them all-weather transport for ferrying blood between hospital and aircraft.
GNAAS doctor Rachel Hawes said: “One of the first things medics have to do is to stop any bleeding to save a patient’s life and many seriously injured patients risk bleeding to death. This project will bring life-saving treatment to the patient’s point of injury. That could be on the roadside, on a hill top, or in a remote community.”
GNAAS is one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform transfusions.