Yorkshire Air Ambulance has redeployed some of its doctors and some critical care paramedics to help the NHS provide as much frontline care as possible.
It means only one helicopter will operating from its airbase at Nostell near Wakefield where they will be operating a daily shift from 7am to 7pm until the Doctors and Paramedics are able to re-join them.
“We are operating in an unprecedented situation and coronavirus is presenting the whole NHS with arguably the greatest challenge it has ever faced. This means that we have to be flexible and resilient in our approach to ensure patients receive the care they need. Whilst it has been a difficult decision to temporarily re-deploy some of the clinicians on the region’s air ambulance operation, it’s the right thing to do for the circumstances we find ourselves in.”
It comes as charities have issued warnings about huge losses of income due to fundraising events having to be cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance had a calendar packed full of summer events and activities which have now been 'virtually wiped out' with an estimated loss of more than £400,000.
“It is no secret that we have seen a huge downturn in fundraising incomes and activities in the last couple of weeks. We have now closed our Head Office in Elland, and the rest of the team are working at home for their own safety. They are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to get straight back to our fundraising activities once things start to get back to some normality, and we’re also taking the opportunity to explore and plan some new projects for the future.
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