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Duke to open Air Ambulance support base

Royal Patrol the Duke of York Credit: PA

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.

Air ambulance launches night flights

The Air Ambulance can now complete rescues at night in Lincolnshire

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.”

Video: 5,000th patient helped by Air Ambulance

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.


Video: Dedicated children's air ambulance

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.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance faces nearly 40% rise in costs

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.

Man impaled on railing after falling from a ladder

The Air Ambulance that covers Derbyshire was called out to Dronfield at 3pm on Thursday 18th October 2012 Credit: Google Maps

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.