There was more demand than ever in 2017 for Magpas Air Ambulance’s 24/7 service. Their enhanced medical team were called to over 1,600 life-threatening emergencies across all the counties in the east of England; over 100 (117) more call-outs compared to 2016.

In December 2017 Magpas Air Ambulance was called out 155 times, with 55 of those dispatches taking place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve alone. Throughout that time, the charity’s doctor and paramedic team used their expert knowledge and skills to treat an extremely wide range of medical emergencies. From cardiac arrests and road traffic collisions to falls and assaults, this number of incidents exemplifies a significant increase from 2016 as well.

This substantial increase clearly demonstrates the need for the service Magpas Air Ambulance provides. In fact, throughout the Christmas and New Year break, Magpas Air Ambulance was the only service of its kind to be available 24/7 in the east of England.

Natalie Church, the Director of Operations at Magpas Air Ambulance explains “All our dedicated medics and staff work tirelessly throughout the year to bring hospital-level care by land and by air to seriously ill and injured patients across the region. The demand for our charity is predicted to rise in 2018 and we will need to raise almost £5 million to fund our vital service. We can only operate thanks to donations from the communities within which we work. Thanks to this crucial support, we will continue to provide patients with the very best chances of survival and recovery.”