Never a dull mo­ment for SCAA chop­per crew

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SCAA He­limed 76 paramedics John Pritchard (left) and Craig Mac­Don­ald. Pic by Graeme Hart

A to­tal of 174 pa­tients re­quir­ing ad­vanced hos­pi­tal care were air­lifted - a 15 per cent in­crease on the 151 pa­tients safely de­liv­ered to hos­pi­tal care in 2017.

Last year also recorded a 17 per cent in­crease in SCAA’s fly­ing hours with a to­tal of 365 hours spent in the air fly­ing help and hope to com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land.

In ad­di­tion to air­lift­ing pa­tients to hos­pi­tal, SCAA’s paramedics were on scene to treat and as­sist in cases rang­ing from ma­jor mul­ti­ple casualty trauma in­ci­dents to sin­gle pa­tient ill­nesses in re­mote and ru­ral lo­ca­tions.

Of the 260 rapid air re­sponses made by SCAA last year, 105 (40 per cent) were to se­ri­ous trauma emer­gen­cies - of which 55 were road traf­fic col­li­sions.

The ma­jor­ity of emer­gen­cies at­tended by the char­ity’s dis­tinc­tive yel­low, blue and green air am­bu­lance he­li­copter were in Tay­side (28 per cent) and High­land (34 per cent) health board ar­eas.

The busi­est months of 2018 were July and Au­gust, with Satur­days and Mon­days see­ing even greater de­mand for the char­ity ser­vice.

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