Welsh 'flying doctors' save 600 lives in six months

Wales' 'flying doctors' service has saved the lives of more than 600 people in its first six months, officials have said.

The service has introduced pioneering equipment and treatments developed from armed forces emergency medical care. Credit: PA

The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) sees doctors and specialists go on board air ambulances and provide treatment at the scene of an incident usually only available in hospitals.

Missions have included carrying out surgical procedures at the roadside and 82 emergency anaesthetics.

Doctors first joined Wales Air Ambulance Charity flights in April for the scheme, which also involves NHS Wales, the Welsh Government and the Welsh Blood Service.

During the first six months, hundreds of people from right across Wales have been given life-saving treatment by highly skilled consultants and a wider medical team at the scene of an emergency, using some of the most advanced medical equipment available anywhere in the world.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Deputy Health Minister