HSF helps fund North West Air Ambulance Blood on Board

Thanks to the Henry Surtees Foundation’s donation of £16,608, roadside and in-the-field blood administration will be possible across the North West as paramedics and consultants aboard the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) introduce blood on board its helicopters for the first time, in collaboration with Blood Bikes Manchester and the Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Transfusion Service (SRFT).

NWAA advanced paramedics and consultants have undergone comprehensive training to administer blood in the field, led by SRFT, further extending the service’s capability to bring the skills of an emergency department to the scene.

With the charity flying out to over 2,000 missions each year, many being major trauma incidents, the charity estimates two to three urgent transfusions will be required each week in the North West. Of those, patients with major trauma who are attended to at the roadside by enhanced care teams then have a two to three times greater chance of survival.

The project brings together three vital local services for the first time, two of which are charity-funded. Packed red blood cells and pre-thawed plasma will be supplied by SRFT and delivered by Blood Bikes Manchester, an entirely volunteer-run operation, in temperature-controlled boxes to the NWAA Barton base each day. Any blood not used that day by the air ambulance will be returned by Blood Bikes riders for use in the hospital, to ensure viable donations do not go to waste.

Celebrating the medical collaboration of three local services, Clint Jones, consultant anaesthetist at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, commented: “This is the first time the entire North West will have access to this life-saving in-the-field medical procedure. It is a proud moment for our charity, and our partners at Blood Bikes Manchester, the Salford Royal and the Henry Surtees Foundation. As a charity that relies completely on public and corporate donations to keep flying, the support and collaboration to make this project possible – from fellow charitable organisations – has been incredible."

For more information visit: www.nwaa.net

Richard Martell