Busiest year for Magpas
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.”
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