Air Ambulance asks people to donate blood

June 27 2017

The Great Western Air Ambulance team are urging people to give blood and say it has helped them save lives.

The Great Western Air Ambulance team are urging people to give blood and say it has helped them save lives.

The charity’s Critical Care Team have been carrying blood on board their helicopter for almost two years, meaning they can provide pre-hospital blood transfusions to patients. In 2016, they provided over 50 blood transfusions at the scene of an accident. 

GWAAC Critical Care Doctor Harvey Pynn says that since carrying blood on board, the chances of a patient’s survival has dramatically increased; “I have no doubt in my mind that lives have been saved as a result of pre-hospital blood transfusions in this area. We will endeavour to prove this statistically in time and will develop our practices to optimise the use of this precious lifesaving asset.”

Every day, the Freewheelers volunteer bikers collect two units of O negative blood from the North Bristol Trust Transfusion Laboratory at Southmead Hospital and deliver it to GWAAC’s airbase in Filton. If the blood is not used, it is returned to Southmead Hospital by the bikers after 24 hours.