Magpas was formed in 1971. In those days it was known as the Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service (MAGPAS).
It was the brainchild of Dr Neville Silverston MBE, a GP, who whilst at an award ceremony met another GP who was being celebrated, Dr Ken Easton. Dr Easton had started something called an 'Immediate Care Scheme' in North Ridings, Yorkshire. This involved GPs going to the scenes of road traffic accidents. Dr Silverston realised a similar scheme could save lives in Cambridgeshire.
Under the leadership of Dr Silverston and Dr Dereck Cracknell (a GP from Huntingdon), MAGPAS soon earned a reputation as the leading immediate care scheme in the country.
In the early days the GPs were called away from their practices and travelled to the scene in their own cars.
Dr Neville Silverston Over the following 30 years, there were many developments and improvements within the Ambulance service itself and it became clear that for MAGPAS to continue to add patient benefit it would need to change.
In 2000 Dr Mackenzie a MAGPAS volunteer and hospital based Consultant in Emergency Medicine reassessed the MAGPAS service and put forward a plan to change the operation into doctors and paramedics being highly trained and working in teams of two. Rota shifts were put in place to enable the teams to be located centrally. This team became known as the Emergency Medical Team.
Video footage of Dr Mackenzie interview
In June 2010 the Emergency Medical Team was renamed Magpas Helimedix to reflect the aim of providing a 24 hour service to the people of East Anglia.
Thanks to you, Magpas Helimedix can carry on providing the whole of the Eastern Region with the best critical care in the UK, night and day. As of April, Magpas Helimedix no longer fly with Cambridgeshire Police Helicopter. We would like to reassure you that Magpas - The Emergency Medical Charity continue to deliver leading lifesaving medics by rapid response vehicle, land ambulance and by helicopter across Cambridgeshire and the East of England.
Our volunteer medics will be here on call night and day, as we have been for the last 40 years, caring for those whose lives are in danger following a severe medical emergency. We are proud to continue offering this service.