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North West Air Ambulance

About the charity

The North West Air Ambulance is a charity which has been flying life-saving missions throughout the North West region since 1999.


With two helicopters flying seven days a week, 365 days a year from our bases at Royal Preston Hospital and University Hospital of South Manchester, Wythenshawe, we cover 5,500 square miles and a population of around eight million people. On average the North West Air Ambulance is called out five times a day, rising up to ten in the summer. It costs in excess of £4.2 million per year to maintain both aircraft, but with almost no central government or lottery funding, we rely on the generosity of our supporters.


Because we can avoid problems of distance and congestion, we’re never further than 10 minutes to the nearest hospital in the region, whether flying from the North West’s remote countryside, busy motorways or city centres.


This means that patients involved in major trauma, especially with head or spinal injuries, can receive medical treatment quickly before being transferred to a specialist hospital in record time. By receiving treatment at the scene by highly qualified paramedics using sophisticated equipment and arriving at hospital within the ‘Golden Hour’, the patient’s chances of survival and speed of recovery are dramatically improved.


We also operate urgent hospital transfers for critically ill or injured patients, particularly those needing to travel long distances for emergency
surgery, and those with spinal injuries.