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Nr Ampthill, man injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

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Nr Ampthill, man injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 12:50pm yesterday lunchtime (27th) Magpas Doctor Jon Barratt, Paramedic Ollie Robinson and Doctor Phil Morgan landed in a rural location east of Ampthill via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a motorbike collision.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50’s) who had sustained serious leg and arm injuries before sedating him at the scene (providing him with A&E level care). They then accompanied the man via land ambulance to Bedford Hospital, where upon arrival he was in a very serious but stable condition.

The Magpas helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Steve Hunwicks.
An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Bedfordshire Police were also in attendance.

We have no further information at this time.

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Summer Raffle 2017 Winners!

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Thank you to all who entered our Summer Raffle. The winning tickets were drawn at midday on Friday 21st July 2017.

All winners will be individually contacted. The winning ticket numbers were:

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March, man falls 15ft from roof - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

March, man falls 15ft from roof - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

PHOTO CAPTION: Magpas Air Ambulance lands in central March

At 8:06am this morning, Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid, Paramedic Andy Smith and Paramedic Dan Cody landed in a built-up area of March, via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They were called to treat a man who had fallen 15 feet (approximately) from a roof.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50s) who had sustained serious injuries to his body. They gave the man enhanced pain relief and sedated him (providing A&E level care at the scene). The Magpas doctor and paramedics then worked alongside a Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service crew and a HART team to move the patient safely into the air ambulance, before flying him onto Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further investigation. Upon arrival at the hospital, the man was in serious but stable condition.

The Helicopter crew who flew the patient and the medical team were Magpas Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Simon Amos.

EEAST Ambulance Service Paramedic Crews were also in attendance.

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Hamerton Zoo, serious incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Hamerton Zoo, serious incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 11:34am today (29th), Magpas Air Ambulance landed at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire, after the Magpas enhanced doctor and paramedic team was called to a very serious incident.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and two rapid response vehicles were also in attendance, alongside the Police. For any further information, please contact Cambridgeshire Police.

We can confirm that the visitors to the zoo were safely evacuated and no one was running. We can also confirm that no animals escaped the enclosure and no children were injured.

We have no more information at this time.

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Northampton, woman injured in equestrian incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to her

Northampton, woman injured in equestrian incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to her

At 5:50pm yesterday evening (27th), Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Steve Chambers landed in a rural part of Northampton, via the Magpas air ambulance. They were called by EMAS Ambulance Service to treat a woman who had fallen from a horse and was lying in a field.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 40’s), who had suffered suspected serious injuries to her body. They gave her advanced pain relief (providing A&E level care at the scene), before flying her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Upon arrival, the woman was in a serious but stable condition.

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

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Huntingdon, cyclist & van collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Huntingdon, cyclist & van collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 3:06pm yesterday afternoon (27th), Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Steve Chambers arrived near Wyton via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response BMW. They were called to treat a man who had lost consciousness after a collision between a bike and a van.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50s) who had suffered a head injury. They provided him with anti-sickness medication before accompanying him in a land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital - monitoring his condition all the way. Upon arrival, the patient was in a very stable condition.

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

We have no further information.

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Peterborough, child suffers head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Peterborough, child suffers head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 10:31am yesterday late morning (27th), Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Steve Chambers landed in central Peterborough, via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They were called to treat a child who has suffered a fall in a public place.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the young male patient who had suffered a head injury. They sedated the boy (providing A&E level care at the scene), before accompanying him in a land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital -monitoring his condition closely. Upon arrival, the patient was in a stable condition.

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

EEAST Ambulance Service Paramedic Crews and Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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Thomas Morris: The ultimate Orange Day supporters

Thomas Morris: The ultimate Orange Day supporters

Staff at Thomas Morris didn’t just go orange; they went above and beyond for Magpas Air Ambulance’s annual Orange Day! The Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire based estate agents pledged to raise £5,000 this May for our lifesaving service – and they didn’t disappoint!

Each branch of the estate agents came up with their own fundraising idea and set out to raise as much money as they could for Magpas. Some wore orange for the day, donning some interesting bright orange suits, and donated money; others hosted bake sales and raffles for the local community. Two very notable fundraising exploits consisted of a car push and a netball tournament and the company even turned their website orange for the whole month of May!

The netball tournament was a huge success! 18 teams took part on the day; everyone got together alongside their spectators and supporters, and competed in the charity tournament. The sunshine was out; there was a BBQ, bouncy castle, cake sale and raffle throughout the day. Teams of all abilities took part and had a lot of fun, and in the end it was The Cherries who took home the trophy.

The car push was an event that we’ve never seen before. Staff from Thomas Morris pushed one of the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicles for 24 miles in just 7 hours (to represent our 24/7 lifesaving service)! They got off to a slow start; however they soon found their stride and managed to complete the challenge in 7 hours on the dot! The people taking part were sponsored by friends, family and local companies.

The guys and girls at Thomas Morris have outdone themselves this year, they have smashed their original target and raised well over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance! We are so grateful to have such committed and enthusiastic supporters!

If you wish to support Thomas Morris in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance just donate to their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ThomasMorrisSalesAndLettings

What did you do this Orange Day? Let us know, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get in touch via social media.

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Brentwood, 2x car collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Brentwood, 2x car collision - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 7:04pm last night (21st), Magpas Doctor Jono Ritson and Paramedic Steve Chambers landed in Brentwood via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat multiple patients, following a road traffic collision involving 2x cars - leaving a patient trapped inside one of the vehicles.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a woman (in her late teens) and worked alongside EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crews and Essex Fire & Rescue Service crews to safely remove her from the vehicle she was in. Fortunately the patient didn’t suffer any serious injuries and was taken to Basildon Hospital, by land ambulance, for further investigation.

The Magpas doctor and paramedic team also provided advanced assessment for three other patients (a man in his 20’s, a woman in her 70’s and a man in his 40’s). All three people were also taken to Basildon Hospital, by land ambulance, for further observation.

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

We have no further information.

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Eaton Socon, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Eaton Socon, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 10:48am yesterday morning (21st) Magpas Doctor Jono Ritson and Paramedic Steve Chambers landed in Eaton Socon via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a pedestrian who had suffered a life changing leg injury, following a collision with a car.

The Magpas enhanced medical team used their expert skills and knowledge to assess the patient (in his 70s). The doctor and paramedic team gave the man advanced pain relief and worked alongside an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew to straighten and splint his leg. They then accompanied the patient by land ambulance to Bedford Hospital (monitoring his condition all the way). Upon arrival at the hospital, the man was in a stable condition.

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

Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca meets Magpas Dr Rupert Hurry for the first time since the balloon crash on 22nd May 2016

When 22 year old Rebecca Fry (who was living in Norwich at the time) took off in a hot air balloon on a beautiful summers morning in May last year, she felt exhilarated and ready to take in the stunning Northamptonshire scenery on high. The last thing Rebecca expected was the horrific, agonising and life-threatening incident that awaited her.

It was the first flight of the season on the Sunday 22nd May 2016, and Rebecca was floating over Earls Barton alongside eight other hot air balloons. It was around 7:30am, she was smiling and taking a selfie to capture the moment, when she noticed the balloon was getting dangerously close to some power lines. She just managed to get herself into the brace position against the back of the basket, as the balloon hit and pushed up against the power lines. Suddenly, there was a huge flash of light, sparks flew and she felt a shuddering electric shock (around 33,000 volts) pulsate through her body. “I felt as if my neck was going to snap and I remember screaming through clenched teeth,” Rebecca explains.

Within seconds, the basket was on fire; the intense heat of which caused the balloon to shoot up over 100 feet and carry on rising. Rebecca fell to the bottom of the basket. It was at this point her body became numb and she couldn’t feel her right arm and right leg at all. Having pulled herself up, a blistering wave of heat rippled through her, she looked down to see flames licking at her legs and she lost consciousness.

The balloon then burnt away, leaving the basket to freefall, plummeting to the ground. Whilst she was still on fire, a traumatised Rebecca crawled out of the basket and tried to run. She reached for her face and head and started to absorb the full horror of the situation, as her entire fringe came off in her badly burnt hands. “It felt like my legs were sizzling and cooking and I could feel my leggings melting into my legs” she explains.

When the EMAS Ambulance service arrived, Rebecca was losing huge amounts of fluid as her body started to shut down. “The paramedics put a gel pad on my face to protect my facial burns which quite possibly stopped my face from becoming permanently damaged” she relays. The ambulance crew did what they could but realised the severity of Rebecca’s injuries meant she needed specialist knowledge - and fast. When the Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced doctor and paramedic team arrived, Rebecca was in an enormous amount of pain and desperately needed more fluid. Magpas Dr Rupert Hurry and Paramedic Alex Pearce fought hard to get an IV line into her arm (as her body continued to shut down).

The Magpas highly trained medics rolled Rebecca onto a stretcher, soothing her with their reassuring words. She says, “I suddenly felt safe in their hands…I was terrified I was going to die. But I knew I had the best chance of survival thanks to the Magpas Air Ambulance medical team.”

Rebecca was then flown to Birmingham Hospital (the specialist burns unit), where she spent four weeks in the burns centre critical care unit. It’s been a long and gruelling recovery process for her, which is still ongoing, but Rebecca is now ready to tell her story. “I want to thank Magpas Air Ambulance for everything they did for me. Without Magpas, I might have died. I owe my life to them.”

Rebecca’s close family and her boyfriend, Brett, were at Rebecca’s bedside every day to comfort her. After promising to put a ring on her finger as soon as her left hand healed, Brett proposed to Rebecca on New Year’s Eve last year. “I’m so lucky to have family and friends around me who truly care. People say you’ve been so brave, but I just had to keep going, I didn’t have a choice.”

Rebecca points out, “I understand what it’s like to be terrified and be in hideous pain. It can a horribly lonely time. After what I’ve been through, and am still going through, I want to reach out to other people who are experiencing terrible, traumatic times. I want to give them hope and tell them that they will get through it, to hang on in there and believe that life will get better - just as it has done for me.”

To mark almost one year since the crash, Rebecca met and thanked Magpas Doctor Rupert Hurry who flew to her aid. The brave young woman also shared her story with the media, to help raise awareness about the crucial lifesaving care Magpas Air Ambulance delivers, by land and air, in the East of England and beyond.

We would like to thank Rebecca for her courage and dedication to the cause.

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Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables are hosting a left luggage sale in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance. Stansted Airport has donated hundreds of bags, suitcases and holdalls which have been left there by holiday makers and anyone can come along on the day and bid for a bag.

There will be auctions for medium and large cases; and what’s inside is a surprise. The contents could (quite literally) be pants, but it could be very valuable! It only takes a designer bag, clothes, or a good pair of hair straighteners for you to make a profit from your bid. You can sell your goodies on, keep them for yourself, or donate any unwanted items to the Magpas Air Ambulance charity stall.

The event will run from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 20th May. Auctions for the larger items will be held at 12pm and 2pm and small bags will be available to purchase throughout the day, for £5 a pop. The auctions will be held in the Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables car park and immediately across the road, at the Magpas Air Ambulance Headquarters, crafts and antiques will be on sale. The Magpas charity stall will also be open throughout the day, there will be a tombola for the kids and refreshments will be available to purchase.

All money raised on the day will be donated to Magpas Air Ambulance, so the charity can continue to fund their vital, lifesaving service. It is only through fundraising events such as this and generous public donations that Magpas can continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air, to patients in medical emergencies across the east of England and beyond.

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Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables are hosting an unclaimed luggage sale in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance as part of the charity’s annual Orange Day event. Stansted Airport has donated hundreds of bags, suitcases and holdalls which have been left there by holiday makers, and anyone can come along on Saturday 20th May and bid for a bag.

There will be auctions for medium and large cases; and what’s inside is a surprise. The contents could (quite literally) be pants, but it could be very valuable! It only takes a designer bag, clothes, or a good pair of hair straighteners for you to make a profit from your bid. You can sell your goodies on, keep them for yourself, or donate any unwanted items to the Magpas Air Ambulance charity stall.

The event will run from 10am - 4pm. Auctions for the larger items will be held at 12pm and 2pm and small bags will be available to purchase throughout the day for £5 a pop. The auctions will be held in the Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables car park and immediately across the road, at the Magpas Air Ambulance Headquarters, crafts and antiques will be on sale. The Magpas charity stall will also be open throughout the day, there will be a tombola for the kids and refreshments will be available to purchase.

All money raised on the day will be donated to Magpas Air Ambulance, so the charity can continue to fund their vital, lifesaving service. It is only through fundraising events such as this and generous public donations that Magpas can continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air, to patients in medical emergencies across the east of England and beyond.

If you’d like to get involved with Orange Day email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 371060 (option 2). 

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Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 5:17pm yesterday evening (28th) Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Chris Hawkins landed at the Silverstone Circuit via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been seriously injured following a motorbike road traffic incident in Towcester.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50’s) who had suffered multiple injuries. They administered advanced pain relief (providing him with A&E level care at the scene), before flying him to Coventry Major Trauma Centre for further treatment. Upon arrival at the hospital, the patient was in a very serious but stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the Magpas medical team and patient were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Simon Amos.
An EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew and a private ambulance service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 2:35am this morning (16th), Magpas Doctor Andy Lindsay and Paramedic Oliver Robinson arrived at a rural road north-west of Bury St Edmunds, via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a patient who was trapped - after a car had left the road and collided with a fence, then a tree and a telegraph pole.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a man (in his 30’s) who had sustained multiple injuries and gave him high level pain relief. The Magpas team then worked alongside a Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service crew, an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Suffolk Police to remove the patient safely from the car he was in. The man was then taken to West Suffolk Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

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Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Magpas Air Ambulance medics spent two days training with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to learn some of the advanced rescue skills needed to help people in life-threatening situations.

The two day training on 4th and 5th April formed part of a 2 week induction programme for new doctors and paramedics joining Magpas Air Ambulance. Joint training has been supported by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for the many years but this year saw stronger links forged with the training team and a development of the programme. By collaborating during training the two services gain knowledge of how the other works before they are called to real-life emergency incidents across Cambridgeshire.

Led by Watch Commander Ben Fawcett, crews from the CFRS Training Centre based at Huntingdon Fire Station showed Magpas Air Ambulance team members how they extricate casualties trapped in cars and how they work in hazardous locations such as confined spaces and in, or near, water. Crews also practised working at height and firefighters from St Neots Fire Station helped familiarise the Magpas medics with procedures for working with dangerous substances and hazardous materials.

Dr Dwyer, one of the clinicians involved in the training, has joined Magpas Air Ambulance from Australia, while Andy Smith, an experienced Paramedic is refreshing his knowledge having served with the charity previously.

Commander Fawcett said, “Overall I believe the Training Centre staff got just as much out of the day as hopefully the Magpas Air Ambulance staff did and although we both have extremely high standards there is always room for improvement. What was really positive was how similar their staff are to our own in terms of passion, professionalism and even sense of humour.”

Associate Clinical Director at Magpas Air Ambulance, Dan Cody, said, “It’s really important for our medics to have the insight into the capabilities of partner emergency services and opportunity to practice these critical skills before they’re required in real emergencies. We’re very grateful for the help of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in supporting our training.”

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Nr Flitwick, cyclist with head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Nr Flitwick, cyclist with head injuries - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 11.48am this morning (2nd), Magpas Doctor Rupert Hurry and Paramedic Chris Hawkins landed in a school playing field near Flitwick via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat patient who suffered head injuries following a fall from his bike.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 70s), before sedating him (giving him A&E level care). They escorted the patient to Luton & Dunstable Hospital, where upon arrival he was in a stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Paul Nolan.

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

We have no further information.

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Melbourn, mobility scooter vs van - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Melbourn, mobility scooter vs van - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 3:10pm this afternoon (1st), Magpas Doctor Charlotte Haldane and Paramedic Chris Hawkins arrived in Melbourn via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a patient, following a collision involving a van and a mobility scooter.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a woman (in her 40s) who had sustained multiple serious injuries. They administered pain relief for the patient before escorting her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a land ambulance. Upon arrival at the hospital, the woman was in a very serious but stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Paul Nolan.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew was also in attendance.
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