Great North Air Ambulance

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Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Pride of Cumbria aircraft (G-NHAB) based in Langwathby, near Penrith, Cumbria.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a registered charity based in the United Kingdom. It operates three aircraft, based in the North of England, providing emergency air ambulance services for this area, including North Yorkshire, the North-East, Cumbria and Scottish borders.


GNAAS operates three helicopters from its two bases at Langwathby (near Penrith) and Durham Tees Valley Airport. All three aircraft were introduced into service during 2010 and 2011 are owned by the charity, previous aircraft being leased. The three helicopters are Eurocopter Dauphin AS 365 N2s[1][failed verification] G-NHAA, G-NHAB and G-NHAC. G-NHAC acts as a back-up helicopter, working from either of the two bases as and when required. All helicopters have full IFR capability, so are not as limited by poor weather and can fly outside daylight hours, but due to limited funding they do not operate in darkness.[citation needed]

G-NHAA is named "Guardian of the North". G-NHAB is named "Pride of Cumbria".

In hours of darkness, when the helicopters do not fly, North East Ambulance Service funds a Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT),[2] which is staffed by a doctor and paramedic team from GNAAS.[3] The MERIT service extended in November 2018 to cover Thursday to Sunday Nights, which were previously covered on an on-call basis.[4]

In 2014/15, the organisation had operating costs of £4.6 million and an income of £6.2 million.[5]

In the media[edit]

From 8 March 2018, the charity appeared on Channel 4's TV programme Emergency Helicopter Medics, which followed the crews responding and treating emergency patients.[6] Other air ambulances that featured in the show include Thames Valley Air Ambulance and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aviation News, read all the latest aviation news". Multiflight. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) Communication Briefing" (PDF). NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG). 1 February 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ "New all-night response unit proving its MERIT - North East Ambulance Service - NHS Foundation Trust". (Press release). 11 July 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Patients benefit from all-night service" (Press release). Great North Air Ambulance. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Where your money goes". Great North Air Ambulance. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "East Anglian Air Ambulance to star in new TV documentary" (Press release). East Anglian Air Ambulance. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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