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April 21, 2021

Busiest week on record for our crew

We saw a record number of call-outs last week (12 –18 April) with the crew responding to 52 incidents across the week. Our Critical Care Team […]
April 19, 2021

GWAAC celebrates five years of lifesaving blood transfusions

Five years on from when GWAAC’s crew first started carrying blood products, Medical Director Dr Ed Valentine, describes how being able to give emergency blood transfusions […]
March 31, 2021

Keeping our crew safe in the air – the importance of helmets in aviation

GWAAC’s Critical Care Team must wear a very specialist uniform to keep them safe whilst responding to people in need. Our patients need help fast. Often […]
March 26, 2021

New Trainee Specialist Paramedic talks about joining GWAAC during the pandemic

Our crew treated their first COVID-19 patient in February 2020. Whilst lockdown didn’t begin until the end of March, they were already battling the virus on […]
March 1, 2021

Meet GWAAC’s New Pilot

Meet GWAAC’s New Pilot Alan We’re delighted to welcome experienced pilot, Alan, onto our team! All of our pilots are specialist HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) […]
February 24, 2021
Pytch Air

PYTCH Air – the plane making its journey along the motorway will be raising funds for GWAAC

It’s not every day that you see a jet plane travelling down the motorway and into central Bristol – and this one, in particular, is a […]
February 19, 2021

Seven-year-old Hattie raises over £10,000 for GWAAC

Bringing us some lockdown inspiration this month is seven-year-old Hattie from Berkeley, Gloucestershire. In between homeschooling, Hattie has taken on her own huge challenge, all in […]
February 16, 2021

Welcome back Cosmo and Andrew

Cosmo and Andrew return to GWAAC! We are pleased to have recently appointed two new Critical Care Doctors who you may remember from a few years […]

Patient Stories

October 28, 2020

Vicky’s Story

“It’s amazing how quickly circumstances change” – Vicky’s Story, 22nd August 2019 When organisers of the annual Mellow in the Meadow festival in South Gloucestershire decided […]
August 3, 2020

Jasmine’s journey – Patient Story

Parents Niky and Ryan’s lives were turned upside down on the morning of 31st October 2019, as any parents’ worst nightmare became a reality. Their four-year-old […]
June 18, 2020

Former patient: Sallyanne’s inspirational story

February 14, 2020

Former patient marks anniversary of day GWAAC saved his life by giving £1,000

Former patient, Robin Jaques, was involved in a high speed cycling accident in the Forest of Dean on Valentine’s Day 2019. Breaking four of his ribs […]

Share Your Story

Did you know that if you have been treated by us the only way we can hear how you are doing is if you get in touch? We love to hear from our former patients and are always happy to welcome to our base! Please get in touch if you have been treated by our Critical Care Team by emailing pr@gwaac.com