A GREAT Western Air Ambulance landed in Stroud this morning.
The helicopter flew over the town at 10.15am and landed in a field close to where the patient was located.
A spokesperson for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity said: “Our crew were called to an incident in Stroud around 10.15am this morning.
“They responded in the helicopter with a critical care doctor and specialist paramedic on board, attending to the patient on scene before escorting them to hospital by road.
“Our best wishes go to all involved.”
Quite often the Great Western Air Ambulance crew will arrive on scene in the helicopter – for speed – but they will then treat the patient on scene and if required, they will then accompany the patient to hospital in the back of a land ambulance.
This is so that they can continue their specialist care on route to the hospital – which isn’t as easy when flying in the helicopter.
So whilst it’s often assumed if the patient isn’t airlifted then they didn’t need the air ambulance – the helicopter is most important for getting the crew to the patient fast rather than getting the patient to hospital fast.