NORTH West Air Ambulance is adding a third helicopter to its fleet, so improving the life-saving service provided to Wigan patients.
The addition of the further aircraft will allow the charity to undertake more critical and intensive work at the scene of emergencies, allowing support of transfers between Intensive Care Units and providing a greater coverage to patients across entire region.
Based at Barton airfield, the new aircraft will undertake a trial of the enhanced service and will initially be coloured red until the scheme is complete. Should the trial be successful, the helicopter will join its yellow fleet.
NWAA charity chief executive Lynda Brislin said: “Our new helicopter will enable us to ensure a more consistent and efficient delivery of the best clinical team to our patients and will give the gift of time to more of those in need. By having an additional paramedic crew, we can provide an even better service to those in need in the North West. However, as a charity, developments of this nature come at a significant cost and would not be possible without the support and generosity of the North West public who are fundamental us remaining operational.”