A busy start to the year – and lockdown – for Magpas Air Ambulance - Magpas

A busy start to the year – and lockdown – for Magpas Air Ambulance

Despite last January not being effected by the pandemic, and spending this January in lockdown, Magpas Air Ambulance actually had a busier start to the year in 2021 compared to 2020.

Cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions and accidental injuries remain Magpas Air Ambulance’s most frequently attended incidents, but our senior doctors and critical care paramedics are also battling an increase in serious medical emergencies including serious self-harm. Combined with the usual health issues that winter brings, Magpas Air Ambulance estimated their service would be up to 45% busier in this lockdown. In actual fact, the organisation saw an 88% increase in activations and the Magpas medical team treated double the number of patients in the first two weeks of this current lockdown, compared to the first two weeks of lockdown back in March.

The Magpas advanced medical team responded to 110 emergency calls throughout January, and although 70% of all incidents took place in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, the charity also visited 10 counties and flew further afield than ever before…

Map of Magpas Air Ambulance’s incidents

Despite the increase in demand for our primary service we continue to support the NHS; transferring critically ill Covid-19 patients between hospitals at capacity in our region, and more recently, as one of only a handful of services able to transfer ventilated Covid-19 patients nationally by air. In order to do all of this we have asked even more of our medical team who, despite the weariness we all feel, continue to go above and beyond every day to keep us safe. You can read more about the national transfers we’re facilitating here.

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