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Coronavirus: Only one air ambulance operating in Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Only one air ambulance operating in Yorkshire

Published by David Dunning at 7:25am 31st March 2020.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance staff re-deployed

  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance says it will be only operating one helicopter for now.
  • It has taken the difficult decision to re-deploy some of the key medical personnel to allow the ambulance service and the NHS to provide as much frontline care as possible.
  • The charity is also experiencing a drop in income and is asking for donations.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) says it has taken the difficult decision to re-deploy some of their key medical personnel to allow the ambulance service and the NHS to provide as much frontline care as possible.

This means, that effective from today (Monday 30th March), all YAA Doctors will concentrate on their frontline roles, which are Consultants in emergency medicine, anesthesia and critical care, ensuring their primary roles are focused upon in their respective hospitals. 

Along with this, a small number of the YAA’s highly skilled Critical Care Paramedics will be re-deployed to support YAS frontline personnel working on ambulances.

This means that the YAA, for a temporary period, will be operating only one of their Air Ambulance helicopters from their airbase at Nostell, near Wakefield, in the heart of Yorkshire.

Peter Sunderland, YAA Chairman explains:

“In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, the YAA wants to do everything it can to support the NHS and YAS in their fight against COVID-19.  

It is important that everyone does their part, including us.

As the cases of COVID-19 rise, it also increases the pressure on the NHS.  

We know that YAS anticipates a significant increase in 999 calls across the region and by redeploying our Doctors and a small number of our Critical Care Paramedics back to their respective hospitals or ambulance operations, we can do our bit to support the frontline effort.

This means, for a temporary period, we will be operating only one of our two helicopters from our Nostell airbase, with a crew of two Critical Care Paramedics and a Pilot.

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The YAA will be operating a daily shift from 7am to 7pm from their Nostell Airbase until the Doctors and Paramedics are able to re-join them: this is under regular review.

Nick Smith, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust added:

“Whilst it has been a difficult decision to temporarily re-deploy some of the clinicians on the region’s air ambulance operation, it’s the right thing to do for the circumstances we find ourselves in.

It is no secret that we have seen a huge downturn in fundraising incomes and activities in the last couple of weeks.  A calendar packed full of summer events and activities has virtually been wiped out, with an estimated loss of income for this period alone being in the region of £400,000 plus.

We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone, but if anyone wishes to make a small donation to support us at this time, it would be very gratefully received and can be done safely and securely via our website: www.yaa.org.uk/donate.