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A new series of Helimeds with new flying doctors

Andrea Byrne presents the six-part series Photo:

The Wales Air Ambulance is leading the way with a first for Britain.

Its three helicopters and a new team of highly skilled flying doctors with cutting edge kit can now take the Accident and Emergency Department into the air and straight to the patient, wherever they may be.

The change has seen some of the UK’s top consultants joining the crews in Wales to create one of the most advanced emergency medicine units anywhere in the world.

Watch a preview of the new series below:

The new series of Helimeds has followed the unique evolution every step of the way.

The ITV Cymru Wales team has had exclusive access to the action and been on board all three helicopters based at Swansea, Welshpool and Caernarfon.

Now we invite you on board as we follow the expert medics close-up on their missions to save lives on the roadside, at the cliff face or deep in the forest. They can reach anyone in need of help anywhere in the country in as little as twenty minutes.

Dr Rhys Thomas from Llandeilo is one of the medical directors of this new service. He’s worked at one of the best emergency departments in the United States and has also faced the grim realities of being a military medic in Afghanistan.

“I’m very passionate about the service and it’s great for me to be able to come back to Wales having learnt all these fantastic skills from the military. I want to bring back all that knowledge we learnt there to Wales so we can benefit the people of Wales.”

– Dr Rhys Thomas

The six-part series, presented by Andrea Byrne, starts on Monday 31st of August at 8pm.

In the first episode 'Helimed 61' based in Caernarfon is faced with a refuse collector who is crushed and trapped by his own truck in Denbigh; Andrea will be getting her scrubs on to see Dr Gareth Roberts and the team from Ysbyty Gwynedd at work in theatre - and we'll see him take the operating table to the roadside.

The Wales Air Ambulance has clocked up over 20 thousand missions since it’s launch in 2001, and this new series gives the first glimpse of the new advanced service the charity now provides.

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