The North West Air Ambulance Charity has moved to its new permanent home at University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM), Wythenshawe, which will enhance the service being provided to patients across the region.
Back in August 2013, we announced that we would move our aircraft to bases at two of the region’s dedicated trauma hospitals and now, we have permanent residency at UHSM.
The charity is the first air ambulance service outside of London to operate from hospital helipads. This major development will allow doctors from the hospital’s A&E department to fly onboard NWAA helicopter to incidents where patients require specialist treatment on scene.
Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance charity, said: “Being permanently based at UHSM means that a patient will benefit from the expertise, knowledge and decision-making capability of the special trauma doctors in their time of extreme need, and it will help to further increase patients’ life chances. We are committed to continuously enhancing our service but, as a charity, developments of this nature come at a significant cost and would not be possible without the support and generosity of the North West public.”
Karen James, Acting Chief Executive of University Hospital of South Manchester comments: “Patient care is at the heart of everything we do at UHSM. We realise that the quality and speed of care can mean the difference between life and death, particularly for patients who have suffered major trauma. The North West Air Ambulance charity does a remarkable job, and having one of their helicopters based here at UHSM means that we can work closely together to make a significant contribution to Manchester’s Trauma Network and provide the very best outcomes for patients in the region.”