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New air ambulance is revealed

The new air ambulance on show at Filton Airfield Credit: ITV West

The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust has unveiled its new helicopter.

The previous aircraft was designed in 1958 and wasn't powerful enough to be allowed to land or take off on an elevated helipad.

But the £250,000 EC135 will be able to land at the new helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary, saving 20 mins patient transfer time.

It will serve Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and parts of West Wiltshire - an area with around 2.1 million people.

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