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Woman hit by car in Keswick

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A pedestrian was airlifted to hospital this morning after being hit by a car in Keswick.

The Great North Air Ambulance's Pride of Cumbria helicopter was dispatched and on arriving at the scene the aircrew medical team treated a woman for head and arm injuries.

She was then transported to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary. Her injuries are described as non life-threatening.

Walker airlifted from Lakeland fell

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A walker has been airlifted from a Lake District mountain after fracturing her ankle.

The middle-aged woman from East Yorkshire was rescued from Great Gable by the Great North's Air Ambulance's Pride Of Cumbria helicopter at around 12:30pm today.

After being treated at the scene she was transported to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

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Man crushed by car in Ambleside

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A man has been severely injured after being crushed between a car and a wall in Ambleside this morning.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene in the middle of the town, where paramedics treated the 48-year-old from Cambridge.

He had sustained serious chest injuries and was flown to Preston, where his condition was stable upon arrival.

Police warned drivers this morning that traffic disruption was to be expected on the the A591 at Market Place.

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VAT relief for Air Ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance says a tax break announced in yesterday's budget will help save lives.

It costs £4million to run the service, £100,000 of which is the fuel needed. The VAT on that fuel has now been lifted after a lengthy campaign and a petition signed by 100,000 people.

"We're just all absolutely thrilled when we heard the news. It's been really hard to work to get to this stage, so it's just the culmination of everything we've been working towards.

We could save up to £25,000 and that money will go directly into the pot to pay for the missions. We estimate it costs about £2500 every time the aircraft flies, so you know, it could potentially save ten lives."

– Jim Entwhistle, Great North Ambulance Service

A boost has also been announced for Mountain Rescue Teams. They were disappointed the budget speech made no mention of VAT relief for them. But the House of Commons announced their funding has been secured. It means money due to run out next year will be extended beyond 2015.

Air ambulances grounded amid safety concerns

Air Ambulances covering Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and South Cumbria have been temporarily grounded amid concerns over safety.

The North West Air Ambulance and the Scottish Ambulance Service have suspended the use of their EC-135 helicopters- the same model as crashed in Glasgow earlier this month.

The Great North Air Ambulance, which uses a different model is continuing to operate.

Contingency measures are in place on both sides of the border to ensure that a rapid response service for medical emergencies is still available.

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