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Walker seriously injured after 30 feet fall from Northumberland waterfall

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling 30 feet from a waterfall near Bellingham, Northumberland, whilst out walking.

The woman suffered serious head and neck injuries.

The Great North Air Ambulance, aided by police, the Mountain Rescue Service and a Bellingham Community Responder, was able to transfer the patient to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in 15 minutes.

The patient's condition is said to be stable.


Man airlifted to hospital from Durham with neck injuries

A 21-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital from Durham with serious neck injuries.

Police were called to a house on Margery Lane in Durham City at about 9.30am to attend to the casualty.

He has been taken to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance.

A cordon is in place at the property to allow for the police investigation.

At this stage police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

Life-saving blood transfusions inspired by armed forces

In the last year, 9 lives have been saved after blood was carried on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters and given to injured people at the scene of accidents. 36 people were treated between January 2015 and 2016. Dr Rachel Hawes, who works with the service, says it was inspired by her time as an army reservist in Afghanistan.

Man thanks pioneering blood transfusion for saving his life

9 lives were saved in the North East last year, under a pioneering scheme to give blood transfusions to critically injured patients before they're transported to hospital. Bags of blood have been kept on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters, since January 2015, allowing more specialist procedures to be performed at the scene of accidents. They're transported to air bases, on motorbikes, by the charity Blood Bikes.

To mark a first successful year, a celebration was held at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. One Northumberland man, whose life was saved by the procedure after a cycling accident, says it's a vital service:

Police and Air Ambulance attend serious incident in Normanby

Police have been attending a serious incident on Flatts Lane, Normanby, this evening. The Great North Air Ambulance has also been on the scene.

The road is closed and is expected to remain cordoned off for some time.


Appeal for pilots to take part in 24 hour charity 'Flyathon'

A business is appealing for pilots to depart for NCL for a 24 hour 'Flyathon'.

The Flight Sim Centre, which is based by Newcastle Airport, is staging the event on October 24 - 25 to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

It is being held in their Boeing 737 simulator, where the pilots and the public can donate to 'fly' for an hour or more.

Similar events around the world have proved very popular and generated thousands of pounds for their respective charities

Motorcyclist on A167 Ferryhill airlifted to James Cook

Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A 53-year-old motorcyclist from Newton Aycliffe has suffered potential spinal and pelvic fractures after colliding with a van on the A167 Ferryhill this afternoon, Friday 21st November.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew the man to the major trauma centre in James Cook hospital for further treatment.

He was said to be stable condition on arrival to the hospital.

Durham Police say the van driver was unhurt.

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