Magpas

Clinical Documentation

The Beginning

1970

Dr. Cracknell MBE and Dr. Silverston MBE propose an accident service manned by volunteer GPs, as they saw people dying in road traffic collisions who could be saved.

The Beginning

1970

Registered Charity

1971

The Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service (MAGPAS, now known as Magpas Air Ambulance) is registered as a charity and fundraising begins.

Registered Charity

1971

Fundraising Milestone

1972

£25,000 raised in order to fully supply the doctors with equipment. This allowed them to respond to emergency calls from their GP surgeries and the control room was run by retired nurse, Jean Drake, from the corner of her living room.

Fundraising Milestone

1972

BASICS

1977

Became a founding member of BASICS.

BASICS

1977

Diplomas Introduced

1989

The Diploma in Immediate Medical Care was established with the help of a Magpas doctor. To date, all Magpas doctors and critical care paramedics must pass this Diploma.

Diplomas Introduced

1989

Helicopter Assistance

1977

The charity enters a new partnership with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to use the police helicopter to respond to emergencies.

Helicopter Assistance

1977

Night Time Service

1999

Magpas Air Ambulance became the first service in the region to provide a night-time helicopter emergency medical service, running until 2am.

Night Time Service

1999

First Responder schemes

2000

The charity develops a network of Community First Responder Schemes across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, establishing 42 groups with over 400 volunteers. The community first responder scheme, now part of the ambulance service, is still active today.

First Responder schemes

2000

Care Paramedic Team

2003

The team becomes a doctor and critical care paramedic team, the same model Magpas Air Ambulance use today.

Care Paramedic Team

2003

2005

Unit Move

Magpas Air Ambulance medical team move into a room within the Police Air Operations Unit at RAF Wyton to enable quicker deployment. This will become the Magpas operations base until 2023, when the charity’s new base is built.

2005

Unit Move

Care Quality Commission

2008

Magpas Air Ambulance is the first air ambulance in the UK to be registered under the Care Quality Commission.

Care Quality Commission

2008

We got our own helicopter!

2012

Magpas Air Ambulance successfully fundraise to begin flying with our own helicopter, the G-HMDX, a MD902. This is still used as a relief helicopter today. Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine becomes a recognised sub-specialty of emergency medicine by the General Medical Council, thanks to the work of Magpas Air Ambulance clinicians. The first ever trainee to specialise in this area, Dr Nick Foster, begins training with Magpas Air Ambulance.

We got our own helicopter!

2012

Accredited pre-hospital emergency medicine

2014

The charity became the first accredited pre-hospital emergency medicine training scheme nationally and remains the biggest training provider in the UK.

Accredited pre-hospital emergency medicine

2014

Pre-hospital emergency medical care

2015

Magpas Air Ambulance became the first air ambulance charity in the East of England to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care 24/7.

Pre-hospital emergency medical care

2015

Helicopter Upgrade

2019

The helicopter is upgraded to the state of the art AW169, the G-MGPS, allowing the charity to fly further, faster, and provide an even greater service.

Helicopter Upgrade

2019

24 hour Care

2020

The charity continued providing around the clock emergency medical care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and was one of only three air ambulances nationally to help the NHS transfer critically ill COVID-19 patients by air.

24 hour Care

2020

Bedfordshire Road Service

2020

Magpas Air Ambulance launches a new Bedfordshire specific service by road. Based in Luton and responding by rapid response vehicle, the doctor and paramedic team provide emergency medical care to an area identified as having an increased need for level 3 provision at certain times of the day and night.

Bedfordshire Road Service

2020

50th Anniversary

2021

Magpas Air Ambulance’s 50th anniversary - The ‘Future 50’ appeal to fund a new air base is launched with HRH The Princess Royal to secure the next 50 years of saving lives.

50th Anniversary

2021

Treated over 70,000!

2022

Magpas Air Ambulance have treated over 70,000 patients over the last 50 years and look to the next 50 years of saving lives with 3 rapid response vehicles, a state- of-the-art helicopter and a 50 strong clinical team.

Treated over 70,000!

2022