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Huntingdon, man suffers cardiac arrest – Magpas Air Ambulance called to him

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Car Vs Tree Nr Huntingdon – Magpas Air Ambulance attends

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Huntingdon, woman injured in fall – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

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At 7.49pm yesterday evening (19th) Magpas Doctor Jon Barratt and Paramedic Steve Chambers arrived in Huntingdon via a Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a women who had been injured in a fall.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 60’s) who had sustained a serious leg injury. They gave the woman advanced pain relief at the scene (providing her with A&E level care) before the EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew took her to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, via land ambulance, in a stable condition.

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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.

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B1043 nr Huntingdon, woman injured in 2x car collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

B1043 nr Huntingdon, woman injured in 2x car collision - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 6.19pm yesterday evening (12th), Magpas Doctors Richard Booker and Maria Smith and Paramedic Dan Cody arrived at the B1043 near Huntingdon via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a woman injured in a collision between two cars.

The Magpas medical team assessed the woman (in her 20’s), who had sustained a leg injury and was trapped inside the vehicle. They gave her advanced pain relief (providing her with A&E level care) to allow the Fire and Rescue Service to extricate her from the car. The team then accompanied the woman by land ambulance to Hinchingbrooke Hospital. She was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

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

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Huntingdon, child injured in fall from horse - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Huntingdon, child injured in fall from horse - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 5.04pm on Monday evening (12th), Magpas Doctor Scott Knapp and Paramedic Dan Read landed in Huntingdon, via the Magpas Air Ambulance, to treat a young girl who had fallen from a horse.

The Magpas medical team assessed the girl, who had sustained an arm injury, and provided her with pain relief.

She was then airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

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

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Huntingdon, child pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Huntingdon, child pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 4.36pm on Monday afternoon (22nd), Magpas Doctor Simon Lewis and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in Huntingdon via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a child involved in a collision with a car.

The Magpas medical team assessed the boy who had sustained head injuries. They then anaesthetised him at the scene (providing him with care usually only available in hospital).

The team accompanied him by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

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

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B1090 nr Huntingdon, man seriously injured in car v motorcycle RTC - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 8.29am this morning (9th), Magpas Doctor Andy Lindsay and Paramedic Dan Read landed beside the B1090 between Kings Ripton and Woodwalton, via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a motorcyclist involved in a collision with a car.

The Magpas medical team assessed a man (in his 30s) who had sustained multiple life threatening injuries. They then anaesthetised him at the scene (providing him with care otherwise only available in hospital).

He was then taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’sHospital, where he was in a critical condition upon arrival.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Simon Amos.

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

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A1(M) nr Alconbury, lorry v cars - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

A1(M) nr Alconbury, lorry v cars - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 8.37am this morning (13th), Magpas Doctor Leigh Bissett and Paramedic Dan Cody landed beside the A1(M) near Alconbury, via the Magpas Air Ambulance, to treat a woman injured in a collision between a lorry and multiple cars.

The Magpas team assessed the woman (in her 20s) who was trapped inside her vehicle, and who had sustained multiple minor injuries. The medical team assisted Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and EEAST Ambulance Service with extricating the woman from the vehicle.

She was then taken by land ambulance to Hinchingbrooke Hospital 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.

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Huntingdon dad and motorbike enthusiast to take on 1,000 mile fundraising challenge

Huntingdon dad and motorbike enthusiast to take on 1,000 mile fundraising challenge

Jon Parsell suffered serious injuries to his upper body and foot, when he came off his motorbike after he rode over an oil spillage on a bend on the B1090, close to the Hall Farm turning at Abbots Ripton, in 2011. At about 10.30 that morning, Jon left home on his BMW GS1200 – his 40th birthday present – and was heading for a camping trip on the Scottish border with friend and neighbour Dave Richards. They were travelling towards the A1(M) at Sawtry, riding through Abbots Ripton en-route. But the journey was cut short just 10 minutes after leaving his home in Houghton.

Jon says, “It was a week after the Secret Garden Party and there were loads of people there packing up,” he explains. “As we passed, I slowed down to around 40mph and the next thing I knew was my handlebar was all over the place and then I saw the ground rushing at me. I hit a sign post and ended on my back in a ditch looking at the sky. I checked each of my hands, then my right leg, and then my left. It wasn’t where it should have been and was bent outwards”. Jon went on to say, “My first thought was to get my phone out and take a picture. By then Dave was standing above me, calling an ambulance. I just tried to keep calm.”

“The next thing I remember was seeing the orange of the Magpas Air Ambulance team suits. When Magpas Dr Fiona Bowles said I would be OK, I knew at that moment that everything would be fine. They just made me feel at ease. Dr Bowles cut my boot off and tried to find a pulse. She told Magpas paramedic Dan Cody that she couldn’t find one. She said to me that it wasn’t good, but moved my foot, and found my pulse. She then reassured me, telling me that it was a good sign.

Jon goes on to say, “I’ve been told that, if there hadn’t been a pulse, I could have lost my foot.” He added: “I just can’t help but get emotional when I speak about the relief I felt when the Magpas Air Ambulance team arrived. I don’t want to think about if I was alone at the time.”

Jon is now fundraising by riding 1,000 miles on his motorbike in 24 hours! He'll be setting off in an anti-clockwise tour from the north of England up to John O'Groats and back down to Leeds. You can sponsor Jon at his JustGiving page.

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Are you looking for work experience in communications? Apply for our paid summer internship!

The deadline for applications has now passed. 

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking for an internship in communications?

We are looking for a talented, personable and creative individual, with strong writing skills and a keen interest in communications. You will offer valuable support to the small communications team at the charity. Whilst having a confident, friendly and empathetic manner, you will need to be highly organised and able to work across projects. Duties will include:

  • Researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media
  • Developing, updating and writing content for the website and social media
  • Assisting in press opportunities
  • Gathering information and producing copy for patient stories
  • Supporting with the production of marketing materials

Our regular hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday but we are flexible on working hours to accommodate your needs.

You will need:

  • Excellent writing ability, strong knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Plain English and/or the ability to write for different audiences would be advantageous
  • Previous knowledge or experience of managing non-personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would be advantageous

This is a paid position offering the National Minimum Wage. 

The position is based at our headquarters in Huntingdon, with free parking on site. We are a 1 minute walk from Huntingdon bus station, and an 8 minute walk from Huntingdon train station.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining your suitability and why you are applying for the position. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 13th June.

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Huntingdon, woman injured in fall down stairs – Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Huntingdon, woman injured in fall down stairs – Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 9.53pm on Monday evening (4th), Magpas Doctor Rupert Hurry and Paramedic Dan Read arrived in Huntingdon, via the rapid response vehicle, to treat a woman who had fallen down a flight of stairs.

The Magpas team assessed the woman (in her 60s) who had sustained a serious head injury. The team anaesthetised the patient (providing her with A&E level specialist care at the scene). She was then taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a stable condition.

EEAST Ambulance Service was also in attendance.

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Huntingdon, man injured in collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Huntingdon, man injured in collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 9.31pm on Tuesday evening (22nd), Magpas Doctor Steve Corry-Bass and Paramedic Dan Cody arrived in Huntingdon via the rapid response vehicle to treat a man injured in a collision involving a single vehicle.

The Magpas team assessed the man who was trapped inside the vehicle and had sustained multiple injuries. The patient was provided with strong pain relief and sedated (giving him A&E level care at the scene) while Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service worked to extract him from the vehicle. The Magpas team then accompanied the man by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The patient was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

EEAST Ambulance Service and Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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Cyclist raises over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance, smashing target

Cyclist raises over £5,000 for Magpas Air Ambulance, smashing target

A young cyclist has handed a cheque for over £5,000, more than four times his initial fundraising target, to Magpas Air Ambulance after completing a 50-mile ride.

Adam Brooker, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic collision near Peterborough in October 2014, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. The Magpas team flew to Adam in the air ambulance, and placed him in a medically induced coma before flying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Adam spent eight days in intensive care and came out of hospital a month later.

In September, Adam, his father Reece, and 11 friends made the 50-mile journey from his home in Holbeach to the charity’s headquarters in Huntingdon, and then on to the helicopter’s base at RAF Wyton.

Adam set out to raise £1,200 to cover the cost of the air ambulance’s flight to the scene of the collision and on to hospital. The £5,250.57 Adam raised will go towards the costs of operating the lifesaving scheme which has recently become a 24 hour service.

Adam said: “I honestly believe that without the immediate critical care I was given by the Magpas team, I would not be as well as I am today. I was amazed to learn that Magpas is a charity that receives no government funding. Everyone should support Magpas, you never know when you might need them. I’m really grateful to everyone who helped me beat my fundraising target.”

Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas said: “This is a huge achievement for Adam less than a year after he was so seriously injured. The money Adam and his friends have raised will allow us to continue providing critical lifesaving care to others in medical emergencies.”

Adam and his friends will continue their fundraising efforts for the charity with a 10km obstacle course at Rockingham Castle on 12 March. Mud Up for Magpas will see them pitted in a race against 14 of the charity’s medics who will also be running to raise funds. 

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Nr Huntingdon, lorry overturns – Magpas called to scene

Nr Huntingdon, lorry overturns – Magpas called to scene

At 9.57am this morning (11th), a Magpas Doctor and Paramedic arrived near Huntingdon via the Magpas Rapid Response vehicle to a road traffic incident where a lorry had overturned.

The Magpas team assessed the driver of the lorry, a man in his 60s, who had suffered minor cuts and bruises. The patient was then taken by the EEAST Ambulance Service to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in a stable condition.

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

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Huntingdon, 2x vehicle collision – Magpas called to scene

Huntingdon, 2x vehicle collision – Magpas called to scene

At 10.37am on Tuesday morning (9th), Magpas Doctor Leigh Bissett and Paramedic Ashley Richardson arrived in Huntingdon via the Magpas Rapid Response vehicle following a road traffic collision involving a car and a van.

The Magpas team assessed a woman (in her 20s) who was experiencing chest and abdominal pain. The patient was subsequently taken by the EEAST Ambulance Service, in a stable condition, to Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Magpas Air Ambulance ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the https://www.magpas.org.uk/ website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

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Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

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When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

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In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

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If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

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Last updated: October 24, 2017

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Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

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Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

How Magpas Air Ambulance uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes:
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We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:
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In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

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If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

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