A third helicopter has been added to the North West Air Ambulance fleet.
The new aircraft, with its own dedicated crew of paramedics, will allow the charity to carry out more critical and intensive work at the scene of emergencies, allowing support of transfers between Intensive Care Units and providing a greater coverage to patients across entire region.
Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the NWAA charity said: “Our new heli will enable us to ensure a more consistent and efficient delivery of the best clinical team to our patients and will give the gift of time to more of those in need.
“By having an additional paramedic crew, we can provide an even better service to those in need in the North West.
“However, 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 who are fundamental us remaining operational.”
Based at Barton airfield near Manchester, the red-coloured aircraft is undergoing a month-long trial. Should the trial be successful, the helicopter will join its yellow fleet.
Since it launched in 1999, the charity has flown more than 11,000 missions across the region.
As part of its commitment to enhancing patient care, in August the charity moved its aircraft to bases at the Royal Preston Hospital and the University Hospital of South Manchester.
This has allowed qualified doctors to travel onboard to incidents which require specialist clinical care on scene.
The charity needs excess of £4.2 million per year to maintain its aircrafts. To support the charity or to make a donation, visit www.nwaa.net.