Spire Manchester Hospital has picked The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) as its chosen charity for this year. Jane Gaunt, Out Patient Sister at Spire Manchester Hospital, tells more about the charity and its significance for her:
We will be aiming to raise as much money as we can, in any way that we can, for this very worthwhile cause and it is a charity that is very special to me as it helped my husband when he collapsed suddenly in September last year.
The NWAA provides a vital life saving service 365 days a year to the North West region. They run 2 helicopters; one of the helicopters is based at Barton airfield and the other at Blackpool allowing them to reach the scene of an incident within minutes. The total cost of running both helicopters is £4million, the majority of which is donated by members of the public and local businesses.
The aim of the NWAA is to give immediate medical care at the scene and to get the patient to the nearest appropriate hospital within the “Golden Hour” as this is recognized as giving the patient the greatest chance of survival.
The Air Ambulance also carry out urgent hospital transfers for critically ill or injured patients, particularly those needing to travel long distances for emergency surgery, for example those with severe head or spinal injuries.
The pilots are ex-military and the paramedics who fly with the helicopters are all seconded from the North West Ambulance service for two years and are given extensive additional training in navigation and safety skills.
Unfortunately even with all the care that was given at the scene, by first the rapid response paramedic and then by the Air Ambulance paramedics, my husband did not survive. He was one of the unlucky ones that even with the best possible care did not make it.
This year the staff at the hospital have raised over £4K for the North West Air Ambulance Charity.
I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support of this charity, which means so much to me and my family.