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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:

Award is "just the beginning" for Newcastle's 'Bubble Unit'

Newcastle's 'Bubble Unit' which treats people with chronic immunity diseases, has won a prestigous international prize.

Staff and former patients celebrated picking up the Jeff Model Award at the specialist centre which is based at the RVI hospital.

Only one place in the world receives the honour each year.

Doctors here say that the recognition will help take the Bubble Unit from strength to strength.


International award for Newcastle RVI's 'Bubble Unit'

The Bubble Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Bubble Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary will receive an award today.

The Jeff Modell Award is only given to one hospital in the world each year.

The Bubble Unit helps to treat children from the across the region, who have chronic conditions that affect their immune systems.