The Duke of York will officially open Yorkshire Air Ambulance's support base at Nostell, near Wakefield today. The Duke, a former Naval helicopter pilot and instructor, is Royal Patron of the rapid response emergency charity.
Three years ago he opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance's northern base at RAF Topcliffe at Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
A new helipad at Boston Aerodrome will enable the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to airlift critically ill and injured patients in and out of the nearby Pilgrim Hospital. The money raised to construct the vital base was given by the local community and businesses.
The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance helicopters have completed their first night flights.
This means the service is now available to offer crucial emergency support in the winter rush hours.
In the past week, they have performed a number of airlifts after dark, after they were given the go-ahead by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Prior to night flying, the Air Ambulance went off line at 4pm from late October through to the end of February, losing three vital hours of emergency support.
Chief Pilot, Captain Paul Smith, said: “We have undergone very rigorous training and the charity has provided the aircraft with the best possible equipment to enable safe flight during darkness.
“While night flying will be challenging, it is a natural and necessary step for us to be able to provide round the clock emergency support to people across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.”
A musician who had to be cut from a car by firefighters after a head-on collision at Marsden, near Huddersfield became the 5,000th patient to be airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Over the last thirteen years the bright yellow helicopters have become a familiar sight across the county, but for the crew of this milestone mission it was just business as usual. Gaynor Barnes reports.
Two women are being treated in hospital after a car overturned and hit another vehicle in Hanging Heaton near Batley last night. Commonside was closed for a time following the crash.
It's one of a kind - the first and only dedicated helicopter emergency transfer service for seriously ill babies and children.
In its first two weeks, The Children's Air Ambulance has already helped to save the lives of several young patients - including a new-born baby from Scarborough. But it's costly to run and the charity helicopter relies on the public to keep it in the skies.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance says it needs to dramatically increase its fundraising by more than a million pounds a year in order to keep its two helicopters in the sky.
The charity's daily running costs have risen by nearly 40% because of higher fuel costs, charges for premises and maintenance of the helicopters. Last year the air ambulances attended nearly 1000 emergencies, taking over 400 patients directly to hospital.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) said they were called out to reports of a man who had fallen from a ladder and impaled himself on a railing.
The 50-year-old male fell six feet before landing on the railing. He suffered internal abdominal and pelvic injuries.
Passers-by had helped him off the railing before the DLRAA arrived. The on-board doctor gave him pain relief and he was flown to the major trauma centre at Sheffield Northern General Hospital for urgent treatment.