GWAAC's clinical research

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provide critical care to the people of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. But we also have an impact on patients we don't see.

Our Critical Care Team are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) to improve outcomes for all patients.  They share knowledge through training and talks and they also conduct research, the results of which can impact nationally and influence globally.


GWAAC CEO Anna Perry about GWAAC research

Our vision, at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, is that everyone receives the lifesaving pre-hospital emergency care they need, wherever they are, whenever they need it.

We’re working towards delivering that in our corner of the South West, and hope that one day we’ll have a 24/7 service that can reach everyone who needs us.

Sadly however, not everyone is lucky enough to have an excellent and innovative Critical Care Team within 20 minutes, or great hospitals nearby. And sometimes there are patients that we can’t save, even if we get to them quickly with all our skills and equipment.

By participating in, and leading research, we help advance global understanding of the best techniques and approaches in treating seriously injured and sick people. This helps our clinical colleagues around the world get better at what they do. And it means that what we do from our base in Almondsbury, can have a real impact on patient care worldwide.

Our focus on using the best treatments for our patients, and always trying to improve, means we not only save more lives locally, but we impact nationally and influence globally. And we couldn’t do any of this without our supporters. The money people give to GWAAC means we can help local people on the worst day of their lives, but it also means we can be even better for future patients, and so can our colleagues around the world.

Whole blood for the SWIFT trial at the LAA helipad

GWAAC involved in whole blood trial

GWAAC are one of ten air ambulance charities to participate in a trial of the use of whole blood products. Read about it here.