North West Air Ambulance – Thanks To Our Sponsors and Supporters 2018


(Music plays) (Andy Duncan – Team Leader)
My name is Andy Duncan. I am one of the HEMS team leaders with the North West Air Ambulance.
My role is to look after the paramedics and doctors and respond to the incidents that
we go to. What we do is that we respond to emergencies over the whole of the North West.
From the Scottish borders almost, right down to the border of Stoke. (Andy speaks to patient
“Cary are you allergic to anything?”) We respond to emergencies where our land based collegues
probably can’t get to or where we need to put a critical doctor in place, to bring that
A&E department to the patient. The North West Air Ambulance is a lifesaving service. We
provide care to people that are having probably the worst day of their lives in some instances.
What our ultimate role is, is to deliver a clinician to that scene who can make a big
difference to that person’s treatment and outcome, and we do it on a daily basis. We
operate three aircraft. We have two based at out Barton Manchester base and we have
one based up in the north at our Blackpool base. We can roughly be anywhere in the North West
within approx fifteen to twenty minutes. When we go we have what’s called a category alpha
call sign, which effectively gives us blue lights in the air. Everyone gets out of the
way and everyone has to respect that the blue light category that we are getting carried,
because we are on a life saving mission. (Music fades) (New music plays) (Andy Curran – Medical Director)
Within the North West Air Ambulance it’s all about working together as team. It’s a key
part of what we do. People have their different
roles, they have their different functions and a lot of our training and scenario practice
is meaning that we know what the other people in our team are going to do. It’s about working
very much as a team for the sake of our patients. (Matt Davenport – Doctor) Teamwork is incredibly
important. I’m used to working in hospitals and really big teams. But in the Air Ambulance
there is two of us. A paramedic and an advanced doctor. Sometimes we only have moments or
minutes to fix a patient and we have to be ready and practiced and really slick. (Laura Walker – Paramedic)
Working with the doctors we kind of bring different skill sets to the mix so it’s all
about supporting them in the decision making, helping them with
their advanced skills but also we bring our own paramedic skills and knowledge and put
those together and work as a team as one really. Just for me it’s just nice to know that we
kinda of provided the best care and the most support that we can for
the patients who need it. (Music fades) (New music plays) (Steve Spenner – Patient)
I was on my Harley Davidson motorbike driving 26/28 miles an hour and then I
just remember this car that was parked on the near side turning straight into me.
I remember me motorbike. I tried to brake but I remember just hitting
the car side on and going straight over the roof of it. After the crash I was on the road
with me feet back to front, me shoulder on the left hand side hanging off, and I was
sitting there, I couldn’t breathe and I was thinking I was gonna die. This is it. There
is no-one here to help me. It was terrifying, more than terrifying, it’s like you thinking
of your family, everything going through your mind within seconds you think, I’m not going
to survive. And then to see them paramedics and doctors running towards you with the red
uniforms. I just knew straight away where they were from and it was such a sign of relief.
I have just met Andy for the first time and what a lovely man. He remembers the accident
fully. He remembers attending the scene. Just to be able to say in person. You were
there when I needed you and you did it for me. (Andy Duncan – Team Leader) When we respond
to an incident and we get a good outcome from it. I feel emotional. I sometimes put myself
in the place of that individual or that family, but I like to think that on behalf of the
North West Air Ambulance we have delivered the best possible care and achieved the best
outcome that we can do. And I know that I am in the best job that anyone can ever
hope to be in. (Matt Davenport – Doctor) The importance of
the Air Ambulance is impossible to overstate. As a hospital doctor I am used to receiving
these patients and that pre-hospital phase is absolutely essential to doing right. We
can get in there quickly and with the advanced skills that the North West Air Ambulance provide,
is essential in making sure that these people can survive and get back home to their families. (Music fades) (New music plays) (Andy Curran – Medical Director)
The North West Air Ambulance is only able to go and treat patients who require our care
because of our supporters and fundraisers and the money that they raise for us. (Matt Davenport – Doctor) I’m incredibly
thankful to everybody in the charity. I want to say a big thank you for letting us
to be able to do our jobs for these really sick patients.
Thank you very much. (Laura Walker – Paramedic) The message I would
like to say to our supporters and fundraisers is that we absolutely couldn’t do it without
you. And by keeping us in the air you are enabling us to help continue saving lives.
So thank you very much. (Steve Spenner – Patient) I would like to
say thank you to all of them people who have raised funds to keep that North West Air Ambulance
in the air. Because without that I wouldn’t be here today, so I owe you a big thank you. (Andy Duncan – Team Leader) The North West
Air Ambulance is purely charity driven. We rely solely on donations from our
sponsors, our supporters. The charity costs over 8.5
million pounds a year to run. Just to keep us flying. Keep our aircraft fueled and buy
the lifesaving equipment that we need to deliver care to our patients. But if we can’t deliver
those people to scene, then we are absolutely useless. So without our fundraisers keeping
us flying every single day, that’s what makes us the effective team that we are. And they
are actually part of that team. It starts with somebody raising money on our
behalf and it ends up with somebody getting lifesaving
care by the roadside. (Rob Ewans – Paramedic)
There are a number of ways you can support and get involved with the North West Air
Ambulance charity. One way is to donate, another way would be to
buy a ticket for our weekly Lift Off Lotto draw. You could visit one of our charity shops,
you could volunteer in one of our charity shops or you could take part in one of our
fundraising events or our challenge events. So there is a range of different things that
you could do to support us but whichever one you do, it’s very much appreciated and it
really will help us make a lifesaving difference. (Music fades)

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