Busiest year for Mag­pas

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Mag­pas Air Am­bu­lance saw its busiest year to date in 2016, with al­most 1,500 call­outs for the char­ity’s ad­vanced care - in­clud­ing a rise in car­diac ar­rests.

The air am­bu­lance op­er­ates across 12 dif­fer­ent coun­ties, and the ever in­creas­ing de­mand for the ser­vice led to its ex­pert med­i­cal team be­ing called out to emer­gen­cies on av­er­age of 4 times a day. Af- ter be­com­ing a 24/7 ser­vice in Oc­to­ber 2015, the char­ity now sees al­most 50% of call­outs tak­ing place overnight.

De­cem­ber was also a record month for the char­ity, with the med­i­cal team treat­ing 18 pa­tients dur­ing the four days be­tween Christ­mas Eve and De­cem­ber 27.

Natalie Church, the Head of Op­er­a­tions at Mag­pas Air Am­bu­lance, said: “The age- ing pop­u­la­tion in the East of Eng­land is in­creas­ing in need for our ser­vice, and our doc­tors and paramedics no­ticed a par­tic­u­lar rise in the num­ber of car­diac ar­rests they treated last year. We fully ex­pect this de­mand to con­tinue to rise in 2017 and need to raise £4.8 mil­lion as a char­ity to fund the ser­vice this year.”

For mor­e­in­for­ma­tion visit www.mag­pas.org.uk

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