Teamwork behind success of scheme

GNAAS, which is planning to build a regional Centre of Medical Excellence to enable more research projects, teamed up with Newcastle Hospitals, blood bikes charities in Northumbria and Cumbria and the Henry Surtees Foundation to become one of the very first air ambulance charities in the UK to carry plasma as well as blood onboard.

Saturday, 4th March 2017, 07:29 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:07 am
GNAAS pilot Phil Lambert, John Quinn of Blood Bikes Cumbria, Dr Rachel Hawes, Steve Rawlings of Northumbria Blood Bikes and GNAAS paramedic Andy Dalton.

On a daily basis, a volunteer from both Northumbria Blood Bikes and Blood Bikes Cumbria collect a cool box – donated by the Henry Surtees Foundation – from the RVI’s blood laboratories. The cool boxes are then transported to the two GNAAS airfields – Durham Tees Valley Airport and Langwathby, near Penrith.

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The cool boxes keep two units of blood and two units of plasma cool for up to 48 hours and if not used, they are returned to the RVI to be used during surgery and other procedures in the hospital.

Dr Hawes said: “None of this life-saving work would be possible without our partnership with our Blood Bike colleagues and the Henry Surtees Foundation.”

She added: “And of course we extend huge thanks to the public who raise huge amounts of money every single day to help us give more and more people the best possible chance of surviving life-threatening injuries.”