Recognition for air ambulance doctor
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) doctor Rachel Hawes has received recognition from Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for her Blood on Board (BOB) work.
Eighteen lives were saved in the first year of the project, which sees GNAAS performing rapid blood transfusions to patients with a life or limb threatening injury at the scene of an incident.
Lieutenant Colonel Hawes from the 201 Northern Field Hospital was praised as Reservist of the Day at the ceremony in Gateshead, with the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield.
“It was a massive honour but I must stress that the project has been a team effort. Without everyone involved, it would not have been possible,” said Dr Hawes.
GNAAS teamed up with The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Blood Bikes, Blood Bikes Cumbria Community and Henry Surtees Foundation to make BOB happen.
“Dr Hawe’s work epitomises our mission - to deliver world class care to our patients - and we are all extremely proud of her here at GNAAS,” said Grahame Pickering, chief executive of GNAAS.