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Nr Hatfield Heath, Essex, 2x vehicle collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Nr Hatfield Heath, Essex, 2x vehicle collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 5.03pm on Monday evening (20th) Magpas Doctor Steve Corry-Bass and Paramedic Dan Read, landed near Hatfield Heath via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called by the EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man injured in a collision between two cars.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 60s) who had sustained multiple injuries. They provided him with pain relief before airlifting him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

Two other patients, a man and a woman, sustained minor injuries and were treated by EEAST Ambulance Service paramedics.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.

Essex Fire & Rescue Service and Essex Police were also in attendance.

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Bike, run or walk for your local air ambulance

Bike, run or walk for your local air ambulance

It's your chance to raise money for the air ambulance charity of your choice this July at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough.

Organised by charity fundraising group BRoW4, this year's event will take place on Sunday 25th June 2017. Participants can choose to do a sponsored walk, cycle or run around a 12km, 8km or 5km route at the scenic Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough. 

The popular event has raised nearly £5,000 for charity over the past two years.

This year's BRoW is in aid of local air ambulance charities, including Magpas Air Ambulance, with participants able to choose which charity they would like to to donate to. 

Find out more and book your place online at Eventbrite to get fundraising today! 

 

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Rayleigh, woman suffers leg injury – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Rayleigh, woman suffers leg injury – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 10.24am this morning (17th) Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Chris Hawkins flew to Rayleigh, Essex via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called by the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) to treat a woman who had sustained a leg injury.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 70’s) and sedated her and administered advanced pain relief, providing A&E level care at the scene. This allowed the team to splint the injury before accompanying the woman by land ambulance to Southend University Hospital. She was in a stable condition upon arrival.

An EEAST paramedic crew and Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were also in attendance.

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Cambridgeshire MP goes orange for London Marathon

Cambridgeshire MP goes orange for London Marathon

PHOTO CAPTIONS (left to right):
Magpas Air Ambulance Pilot Andy Figg with Conservative MP for Huntingdon Jonathan Djanogly and Magpas Helicopter Crewmember Rob Davies

Despite promising himself he would never embark on another marathon again, MP for Huntingdon Jonathan Djanogly, has decided Magpas Air Ambulance is a crucial enough cause to change his mind. When Mr Djanogly heard Magpas is also making plans for a new operations base move, from RAF Wyton, there was definitely no turning back for him! Hence, Mr Djanogly has signed up for this year’s London Marathon; in aid of the charity that trains experienced emergency medical doctors and paramedics, to bring hospital level care by land and air, to patients in life-threatening emergencies.

As a regular runner at the weekends, the Cambridgeshire based MP is used to fitting exercise into his routine - as well as practising martial arts. When he visited the current Magpas Air Ambulance Operations Base (sporting Magpas orange laces in his running shoes), he summed up why Magpas had motivated him to train for the gruelling 26.2 mile mission on the 23rd April. He said, “Magpas Air Ambulance is an excellent local charity run by exceptional people whose specialist skills save lives. They provide vital support to the work of our local emergency services and we must never forget the dedication of the highly trained doctors and paramedics involved”.

Mr Djanogly encouraged as many people as possible to support Magpas Air Ambulance by adding, “The organisation has responded to countless serious accidents and emergencies since its creation. Purely relying on donations and fundraising it needs help to continue providing its lifesaving service. I am running the London marathon in aid of Magpas because the charity is there for people who are in desperate need - and in return we should all do what we can to give our support.”

Jonathan’s Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jonathan-Djanogly1

 

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Nr Saffron Walden, man goes into cardiac arrest - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Nr Saffron Walden, man goes into cardiac arrest - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 2.21am this morning (15th), Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Dan Read arrived north of Saffron Walden via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man who had gone into cardiac arrest.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 50s). They placed him into an induced coma at the scene (providing him with A&E level care) before accompanying him by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

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Peterborough, pedestrian vs lorry - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Peterborough, pedestrian vs lorry - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 9.40pm last night (14th), Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Dan Read arrived in Peterborough via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man injured in a collision with a lorry.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 50s) who had sustained an arm injury. They sedated him at the scene (providing him with A&E level care) in order to protect his injuries. They then accompanied him by land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital. He was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

Cambridgeshire Police and an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

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Chatteris, van vs lorry - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Chatteris, van vs lorry - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 3.47pm on Monday afternoon (13th) Magpas Doctors Jono Ritson and Maria Smith, and Paramedic Ollie Robinson, landed in Chatteris via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called by the EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man injured in a collision between a van and a lorry.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 30s) who was trapped inside a vehicle and had sustained minor injuries. They assisted in extricating him from the vehicle and provided him with pain relief. The man was then taken by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Roger Sheridan.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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Flying high - oh to be an air ambulance pilot!

Flying high - oh to be an air ambulance pilot!

Photo caption (from left to right):
Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot Captain Richard Eastwood and Helicopter Crewmember Rob Davies - photo courtesy of Digital Photography by Rob Holding

What’s it like to fly a helicopter and how does anyone get into the job of being an air ambulance pilot anyway? Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot Captain Richard Eastwood is used to being asked those sorts of questions, having flown helicopters for 19 years. He explains, “From a child, I thought the whole idea of flying was pretty extraordinary, so I joined the Navy, where I served for 14 years. I travelled the world and flew helicopters and conventional aeroplanes. I enjoyed helicopter flying more; you could take off from your back garden and within minutes you can be heading for your destination - and you don’t need a runway”.

There’s a strong parallel between the Navy and the air ambulance world when it comes to the need for urgent and rapid response. When asked why he opted to work for Magpas Air Ambulance seven years ago, Richard answers that it was about more than just a job, “I don’t clock in, do my hours and go home. I want to do something that’s of real value. It’s about feeling passionately about the lifesaving cause and knowing I can use my skills to help someone who’s in a traumatic circumstance”.

Safety is what matters most at all times as the Magpas Air Ambulance Chief Pilot. Captain Eastwood describes how his main priority is to balance the speed of response with the safety of the aircraft and the people on the ground, so that no one can be in danger. “Quick thinking is the key. I need to make sure there aren’t any potential risks. It’s about thinking on my toes. Yes, it can be a stressful environment at times, but that’s why you’ll find air ambulance pilots are often ex-military pilots, because they’re acclimatised to making safety and operational decisions in seconds”.

Richard highlights the weather as being amongst one of the biggest and most changeable challenges on a day-to-day basis, “That sums it up really; every day is a different day, which is one of the attractive elements of doing what I do. You never know where you’re going to land from one moment to the next, or who the welcoming committee might turn out to be when we land. Sometimes it’s a smiling face with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, other days it can be a vicious dog”.

How does he deal with being faced with some of the most traumatic incidents, he and the Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced medical team are called out to? His answer is simple, “I focus on the job. But the ones that get to me are the incidents involving drink drivers, or someone texting behind the wheel. It reminds me how fragile life can be”.

And the answer to the six million dollar question about what it’s like to fly the Magpas Air Ambulance? Captain Eastwood smiles and sums it up by saying, “It’s like being on a magic carpet you’re in control of! Think of anywhere you’d like to be, if you can get a helicopter there, you can go anywhere!”

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Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

Miracle baby - thanks to advanced skills & knowledge from Magpas Air Ambulance

In the early hours of Sunday 29th January, expectant mum Shona Fordham from Friday Bridge, went into labour and suffered serious complications. Shona says, “At first everything seemed fine, my waters broke and I started having contractions - then suddenly I just knew something was very wrong. I called out to my partner Jamie to dial 999 as soon as he could. I was hysterical, it was a total nightmare.”

Shona had suffered an umbilical prolapse; in other words the baby's oxygen supply was in severe danger of being cut off.

Within minutes, two first responders arrived at the family home, followed by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and then an Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced medical team. Magpas Dr Anne Booth and Magpas Paramedic Alex Pearce had the expert skills and knowledge to help Shona and keep her baby alive. Shona sums up the severity of the situation by saying, “They had just 9 minutes to ensure my daughter survived". Dr Anne and Paramedic Alex then continued to treat Shona en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, where she gave birth to a very healthy Daphne-Louise.

Shona explains, “The hospital are calling Daphne a miracle baby and that’s thanks to the advanced care she was given by Magpas Air Ambulance (alongside the emergency services) at our house.”

After Shona got in touch with the charity over the weekend to say a big, heartfelt thank you, Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Anne Booth visited the family home and was given a very warm welcome. Dr Booth says, “It’s absolutely lovely to see the adorable Baby Daphne-Louise and Shona looking so well. They are perfect examples of the critical difference Magpas Air Ambulance can make for people in life-threatening emergencies, in the East of England and beyond.” Anne then added, “We are only able to provide our vital service thanks to generous donations from the public.”

Proud mum Shona finished by saying, “It’s so exciting to meet Anne and to introduce her properly to Daphne-Louise. I can’t believe Magpas Air Ambulance is a charity - as soon as Anne and Alex arrived, they just knew what to do. They literally brought the hospital into our house! If it wasn’t for Magpas Air Ambulance, it would have been a very different story for my daughter and even for me. Jamie and I can’t thank them enough.”

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We gave Matt a second chance at living and he’s grabbed it with both hands!

We gave Matt a second chance at living and he’s grabbed it with both hands!

We always say Magpas Air Ambulance is about the people! Yes, we’re extremely proud of our leading trauma care heritage and training of over 45 years, but it’s the patients that matter the most.

34 year old Matt Stephenson is a perfect example of the critical difference we can make. Matt, whose family have been based in Comberton for many years, got in touch with us recently to share his news:

When he was 20 years old, Matt’s world changed in ways he could never have previously imagined. He explains, “I kissed my girlfriend goodbye, got on my motorbike and said I’d be back in 10 minutes. Less than a mile down the road, a car pulled out and didn’t see me. My bike smashed into the car and I flew 120 feet over the top of my bike and landed in the middle of the road. I was literally injured from the very top of my head to the very tip of my toes and was fighting for survival. I don’t remember the Magpas enhanced medical team arriving, but I know I wouldn’t be alive today without their incredible lifesaving care.”

So how’s Matt doing now? Here’s what he had to say, “Since graduating from my masters I’ve set up a company, bought a flat in London and met a lovely woman who is now, I am happy to say, my wife! As the now Mrs Suzanne Stephenson is Australian, I have made the decision to leave The Old Smoke and start a new life Down Under. Obviously, none of this would be possible without the incredible Magpas Air Ambulance. Thank you to your doctor and paramedic team for giving me my life back and for saving countless other lives too. A huge thank you from us both, take care and keep up the vital work that you do!”

We are proud of our record in saving lives, like Matt’s, across the East of England and beyond. Magpas Air Ambulance needs to raise around £4.8m to keep our service running 24/7, as ever that funding comes in the form of public donations and subscriptions to our Lottery.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here http://www.magpas.org.uk/worldpay

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Christmas Raffle 2016 Results

Our Christmas Raffle was drawn on Friday 27th January 2017. Congratulations to all our winners have now been contacted.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were:

 

624003 £3,000
156845 £1,500
136278 £500
144439 £25
689617 £25
906871 £10
384689 £10
581463 £10
915608 £10
304141 £10
798820 £10
429397 £10
994109 £10
296750 £10
665279 £10

 

 

 

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Bedford, car vs ditch - Magpas Air Ambulance performs specialist procedure at scene

Bedford, car vs ditch - Magpas Air Ambulance performs specialist procedure at scene

At 9:46 last night (2nd), Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in Bedford via a Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called after a car left the road and ended up in a ditch - where a man was found in cardiac arrest.

When the Magpas enhanced medical team arrived, an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew had successfully resuscitated the patient (in his 70’s). The Magpas medical team then performed a road side surgical procedure, providing the man with enhanced A&E level care, after he went into a second cardiac arrest. The Magpas doctor and paramedic then accompanied the patient to Bedford Hospital, in a land ambulance, where upon arrival the man was in critical condition.

A Magpas Air Ambulance spokesperson said “This incident highlights how we can bring vital hospital level care to seriously ill patients when time is of the essence, 24/7 in the East of England and beyond.”

Bedfordshire police were also in attendance.

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Nr Kimbolton, man injured in fall from height - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Nr Kimbolton, man injured in fall from height - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 11.56 this morning (2nd) Magpas Doctor Steve Cory-Bass and Paramedic Dan Cody arrived in a rural location close to Kimbolton, via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who suffered a fall from a loft.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 60’s) who had sustained multiple injuries, fortunately these were not life threatening. They administered pain relief before he was transported to Peterborough City Hospital by land ambulance.

An EEAST ambulance paramedic crew were also in attendance.

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Peterborough, two injured in single vehicle collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Peterborough, two injured in single vehicle collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 12.47am this morning (25th), Magpas Doctor Mark Tehan and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived at the Fletton Parkway in Peterborough via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat two people injured in a collision involving one vehicle.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a man in his 50’s and a woman in her 20’s. The woman had sustained a leg injury and was sedated at the scene (providing her with A&E level care). They then accompanied her by land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital. She was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

The man had sustained minor injuries and was also taken to Peterborough City Hospital by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew.

Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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Bedford, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Bedford, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 1:30pm yesterday afternoon (20th), Magpas Doctor Ed Barnard and Paramedic Oliver Robinson landed in Bedford via the Magpas Air Ambulance - after a collision involving a car and a pedestrian, in a supermarket car park.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a woman (in her 70s) who had sustained multiple injuries. They worked alongside an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew to put measures into place to protect the patient’s injuries, before transferring her by road to Bedford Hospital. The woman was in a very serious but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.
Bedfordshire Police were also in attendance.

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Nr Raunds, child seriously injured in 2x vehicle RTC - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Nr Raunds, child seriously injured in 2x vehicle RTC - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 4.28pm on Thursday evening (19th) Magpas Doctor Ed Barnard and Paramedic Alex Pearce were dispatched by the EEAST Ambulance Service to a collision involving two vehicles in a rural location east of Raunds.

As the first emergency responders on scene, the Magpas enhanced medical team assessed two patients - a man (in his 30s) and a young girl who had sustained head injuries. They placed the child into an induced coma (giving her A&E level care) before accompanying her by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. She was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

The man received treatment from the East Anglian Air Ambulance medical team and an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.

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Nr St Ives, woman injured in fall down stairs - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Nr St Ives, woman injured in fall down stairs - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 6.30am this morning (19th), Magpas Doctor Scott Knapp and Paramedic Steve Chambers arrived at a residential location south of St Ives via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a woman injured after falling down a flight of stairs.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the woman (in her 60’s) who had sustained a head injury. They provided her with pain relief in order to extricate her from the property. The woman was then taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a stable condition.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew was also in attendance.

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B1043 near Sawtry, man seriously injured in refuse lorry collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

B1043 near Sawtry, man seriously injured in refuse lorry collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 11.03am this morning (16th) Magpas Doctor Ed Barnard and Paramedic Dan Cody landed beside the B1043 near Sawtry. They had been called to treat a man seriously injured in a road traffic collision involving a single refuse lorry.

As the first emergency responders on scene, the Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 40s) who had sustained multiple life-changing injuries. They provided him with pain relief before placing him into an induced coma (giving him A&E level care). With help from the Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service they extricated the man before airlifting him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Rob Davies.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew was also in attendance.

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Nr St Neots, man goes into cardiac arrest at petrol station - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Nr St Neots, man goes into cardiac arrest at petrol station - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 7.14am on Sunday morning (15th), two advanced medical teams from Magpas Air Ambulance arrived at a petrol station north of St Neots via two rapid response vehicles. They had been called to treat a man who had gone into cardiac arrest.

The Magpas medical teams assessed the man (in his 40’s) and provided him with advanced life support. They then accompanied him by land ambulance to Hinchingbrooke Hospital for immediate care. One team then assisted in transferring the patient by road to Papworth Hospital for specialist care. He is currently in a stable condition in hospital.

As the call for Magpas Air Ambulance’s lifesaving care came in during a handover period between the two teams, both attended to ensure the man received the highest level of care possible.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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A14 Newmarket, 2x lorry collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

A14 Newmarket, 2x lorry collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 7.29am this morning (12th) Magpas Doctor Lee Soomaroo and Paramedic Alex Pearce arrived at the A14 near Newmarket via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man injured in a collision between two lorries.

The Magpas medical team assessed the man (in his 40s) who had sustained serious abdominal injuries. They provided the patient with advanced pain relief and assisted in extricating him from the vehicle. They then accompanied him by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk Police were also in attendance.

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