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Region’s air ambulance to feature in ‘An Hour to Save Your Life’

Pilot Owen McTeggart and paramedic Andy Dalton
Pilot Owen McTeggart and paramedic Andy Dalton

[T]he region’s air ambulance will feature on BBC Two’s observational documentary ‘An Hour to Save Your Life’ tomorrow night.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) which covers the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria will be part of the programme on Tuesday 9 August, which explores the critical decisions facing doctors in the first hour of emergency care.

In the episode, at 9pm, a Northumberland cyclist comes off his bike in the Pennine Hills and suffers a serious facial injury. Once in hospital, the man begins to deteriorate and suffers a major stroke before undergoing an emergency operation to remove part of his skull and relieve the swelling in his brain. The cyclist faces a long process of rehabilitation after his injuries.

GNAAS heliA moped rider fighting for his life after a collision with a lorry and a police officer in cardiac arrest will also be part of episode one.

GNAAS Chief Medical Officer, Dr Dave Bramley, said: “Our aim is to provide a world-class pre-hospital care service for the people of the region and we hope the An Hour To Save Your Life series captures some of these pioneering and life-saving medical innovations.”

The programme follows three patients from the moment a 999 call is made, as frontline doctors and paramedics battle to keep people alive and treat their injuries.

GNAAS will also be featured in episode four on August 30.

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