About North West Air Ambulance
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The North West Air Ambulance is the charity that provides care from the air.
Established in 1999 the North West Air Ambulance charity flies life-saving missions throughout the North West region from its operational bases at Blackpool Airport and City Airport, Manchester. Flying seven days a week, 365 days a year our vital life-saving service covers 5,500 square miles and a residential population of seven million people.
Covering the costs each year to keep our two helicopters in the air and saving lives would not be possible without the generous donations received from the public and the fundraising efforts of our loyal and dedicated volunteers.
The varied terrain of the North West region includes vast amounts of remote and rural land, housing many sparsely populated communities as well as being home to some of the busiest motorway infrastructure and two of the countries largest cities. The fast response provided by the North West Air Ambulance means patients involved in major trauma, especially with head or spinal injuries, can receive medical treatment quickly before being transferred to a specialist hospital in record time.
Both helicopters have a maximum flying time of ten minutes to the nearest appropriate hospital from any location in the region and it is this speed with which medical care can be delivered that is crucial. It is recognised that by receiving treatment at the scene and arriving at the hospital within the ‘Golden Hour’, the patient’s chances of survival and speed of recovery are dramatically improved.
The NWAA ensures a very high standard of care is met, whilst overcoming the problem of distance, and congestion, accessing most areas of the North West promptly, in turn bringing highly qualified paramedics and sophisticated equipment to the patient.
You can find out more about the North West Air Ambulance charity and the life-saving work we do by visiting our website at www.nwaa.net or following our daily updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NWAirAmbulance.