Never a dull moment for SCAA chopper crew
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.