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On Tuesday 12th November, Partnership Manager for Northern Ireland Leah Wood, had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £1000 to Air Ambulance Service Northern Ireland, who were nominated by the Dietetic Team and Antrim Area Hospital.
The charity’s operational helicopter carries a crew compiling pilot, doctor, and paramedic, 365 days of the year operating for twelve hours every day. They attend some of the most traumatic medical incidents across the province and are dedicated to delivering the very best possible pre-hospital care, both at the scene and whilst transferring the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their specific injuries.
Their EC135 helicopter can get anywhere in the province in approximately twenty-five to thirty minutes and the rapid response is vital in an emergency situation. If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased.
What is not widely known is that AANI is a charity and they rely entirely on support from the public and local businesses, including Gifts in Wills. Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2m is needed each year to keep their air ambulance service operational.
To find out more, or to donate, visit https://www.airambulanceni.org