Northern Ireland air ambulance ‘necessity, not luxury’ says medic

Dr John Hinds of Craigavon Area Hospital, County Armagh, said the service is “essential” and should be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Every other UK trauma network has an air ambulance providing enhanced care at the scene, and safe transfer to a trauma centre,” he said.

“It would be a game changer in terms of trauma provision.”
The absence of an emergency helicopter was highlighted during the G8 summit in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in 2013, when organisers had to rent an air ambulance from Scotland.

During the 2015 Northwest 200 motorbike races in County Antrim, a helicopter was dispatched from County Sligo to attend a serious accident.

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