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They've helped to save the lives of hundreds of people across the south and today the thousandth landing by an air ambulance was made at Southampton General. It happened as visitors arrived for the hospital's annual open day. Richard Jones reports.
Today the 1000th flight of the air ambulance landed at Southampton General Hospital.
It took place during a hospital open day where people were given a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major trauma centre.
The event, which is now in its sixth year, will see more than 100 events, activities and information stands.
People will be able to walk through a pair of giant inflatable lungs, watch a virtual autopsy and tour the operating theatres, as well as meet leading Cancer Research UK (CRUK) scientists, try on a pair of simulation specs to understand different eye conditions and meet the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs.