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Flying tonight: Air Ambulance to offer 24hr service

The East Anglian Air Ambulance will soon be flying through the night as well as during the day.

The distinctive yellow helicopter flies 365 days a year and covers Norfolk and Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire.

Anglia One based at Norwich Airport and Anglia Two at Cambridge are both crewed by a doctor and critical care paramedic

The East Anglian air ambulance already has to raise £4.5 milllion a year to keep both helicopters in the sky. They will now have to raise £6 million to cover the night time flying.

The new helicopter will look the same - it's an EC135T2 - and will be equipped with night vision goggles and power cable warning system. It will start flying from Cambridge airport from the end of August.

A11 Accident latest: Eight taken to Addenbrookes

Eight people have been taken to hospitals around the region following a major accident on the A11.

The East of England Ambulance Service were called to the scene of the incident following a collision between a coach and a black Mercedes.

Multiple resources have been sent including ambulances, paramedic managers, rapid response vehicles, three air ambulances and the hazardous area response team (HART).

Once the scale of what had happened was ascertained, a major incident was declared and ambulance, police and fire colleagues have worked closely together on scene.

– Interim Director of Emergency Operations Neil Storey

Mr Storey aid that eight patients have been taken to Addenbrookes, West Suffolk, and Norfolk and Norwich hospitals. Three patients were airlifted.

Around 20 patients have been declared as walking wounded. I'd like to thank all the crews who have worked hard at the scene to safely attend to patients.


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