Great North Air Ambulance lands in Darlington town centre

The Great North Air Ambulance at the scene

The Great North Air Ambulance at the scene

First published in News by , Reporter (Darlington)

A CAR park in Darlington served as a landing pad for the Great North Air Ambulance Service this afternoon (Sunday, August 31).

The helicopter was responding to a call about a woman who had suffered suspected head injuries after a fall outside the Wilkinson’s shop in the town centre at about 1pm.

The helicopter circled the town for several minutes before landing in a large car park off the St Cuthbert’s Way ring road, but when paramedics reached the woman her injuries were found to be minor.

She had suffered bruising and cuts to her face and head and the GNAAS crew stayed with her until an ambulance was available to take her to Darlington Memorial Hospital for a check over.

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3:05pm Sun 31 Aug 14

laughingboy51 says...

Did DBC request payment for parking?
Did DBC request payment for parking? laughingboy51
  • Score: 29

3:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Thor67 says...

It's a private car park so they couldn't lol
It's a private car park so they couldn't lol Thor67
  • Score: 5

6:39pm Sun 31 Aug 14

maddogporter says...

Where an earth were the normal ambulances & paramedics?? The nhs should foot the bill for this not a charity
Where an earth were the normal ambulances & paramedics?? The nhs should foot the bill for this not a charity maddogporter
  • Score: 36

9:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

pandorica says...

They were busy responding to other calls, and yes a head injury warrants a response from the GNAS, simples.
They were busy responding to other calls, and yes a head injury warrants a response from the GNAS, simples. pandorica
  • Score: -1

9:10pm Sun 31 Aug 14

JakeTodhunter says...

So that's what it was!
So that's what it was! JakeTodhunter
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Sun 31 Aug 14

maddogporter says...

Pandorica,darlington hospital less than half a mile a way,darlington ambulance station even closer,5 secs away at the fire station,charity helicopter costs a fortune to run & it is a charity,I can't believe we had to resort to calling it out,if we have then something is seriously wrong in this town.gnas should be for rta' s & difficult to access areas not the middle of darlo town centre for someone with a few cuts.embarrassing.
Pandorica,darlington hospital less than half a mile a way,darlington ambulance station even closer,5 secs away at the fire station,charity helicopter costs a fortune to run & it is a charity,I can't believe we had to resort to calling it out,if we have then something is seriously wrong in this town.gnas should be for rta' s & difficult to access areas not the middle of darlo town centre for someone with a few cuts.embarrassing. maddogporter
  • Score: 45

11:20am Mon 1 Sep 14

studio says...

MadDogPorter. Couldnt agree more.

"GNAAS crew stayed with her until an ambulance was available to take her to Darlington Memorial Hospital "

Where were all the ambulances?
MadDogPorter. Couldnt agree more. "GNAAS crew stayed with her until an ambulance was available to take her to Darlington Memorial Hospital " Where were all the ambulances? studio
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

hogworth says...

Can't believe every ambulance and every paramedic were tied up elsewhere!
Can't believe every ambulance and every paramedic were tied up elsewhere! hogworth
  • Score: 2

12:37am Tue 2 Sep 14

pandorica says...

maddogporter wrote:
Pandorica,darlington hospital less than half a mile a way,darlington ambulance station even closer,5 secs away at the fire station,charity helicopter costs a fortune to run & it is a charity,I can't believe we had to resort to calling it out,if we have then something is seriously wrong in this town.gnas should be for rta' s & difficult to access areas not the middle of darlo town centre for someone with a few cuts.embarrassing.
I am well aware of what is what, doubt the Crewe objected to the call out, nice attitude you have. I think giving the fact no ambulances were available, and if no one turned up they would be getting front page headlines again for that. Be grateful we are lucky to have this service, and we do not call them RTA's anymore as someone is always to blame for a collision, hence RTC.
[quote][p][bold]maddogporter[/bold] wrote: Pandorica,darlington hospital less than half a mile a way,darlington ambulance station even closer,5 secs away at the fire station,charity helicopter costs a fortune to run & it is a charity,I can't believe we had to resort to calling it out,if we have then something is seriously wrong in this town.gnas should be for rta' s & difficult to access areas not the middle of darlo town centre for someone with a few cuts.embarrassing.[/p][/quote]I am well aware of what is what, doubt the Crewe objected to the call out, nice attitude you have. I think giving the fact no ambulances were available, and if no one turned up they would be getting front page headlines again for that. Be grateful we are lucky to have this service, and we do not call them RTA's anymore as someone is always to blame for a collision, hence RTC. pandorica
  • Score: -1

5:04pm Tue 2 Sep 14

maddogporter says...

Pandorica,you'll have noticed others questioning why it was called,that's why I have 43 positives & you have -1 & if you want to be picky you spell crew like this not like the town.
My attitude is way better than you think that's why I have monthly subs to gnas,all of which were wasted on that call out.the on-board paramedic could have got to her quicker & a **** site more cheaply in their support car.
Pandorica,you'll have noticed others questioning why it was called,that's why I have 43 positives & you have -1 & if you want to be picky you spell crew like this not like the town. My attitude is way better than you think that's why I have monthly subs to gnas,all of which were wasted on that call out.the on-board paramedic could have got to her quicker & a **** site more cheaply in their support car. maddogporter
  • Score: 2
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