Service is flying high after landing award

Yorkshire Air Ambulance representatives collect the prestigious award from Dr Phil Hammond.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance representatives collect the prestigious award from Dr Phil Hammond.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is supported by hundreds of people in the Pocklington area, is flying high after a major national category win at the prestigious Health Business Awards.

The rapid response emergency service won the 2017 Air Ambulance Service Award at a glittering event at the Grange Hotel, London.

The Health Business Awards recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made each year by organisations and individuals that work inside and alongside the NHS. They were presented by broadcaster, journalist and physician Dr Phil Hammond.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,250 missions every year and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.

Over the last 12 months, the charity has fully brought into service two, new state-of- the-art Airbus H145 helicopters, which carry the latest generation of medical equipment. The YAA service has also introduced extended night flying hours and started carrying blood on board for the first time enabling critically injured patients to receive transfusions at the scene of accidents or in the air.

Abby Barmby, YAA Director of marketing and communications, said: “2017 was a major year for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and we are delighted that our achievements as a service have been recognised with this prestigious award.”