Magpas Air Ambulance
Magpas Air Ambulance is a dedicated medical emergency care charity, working in the air or on land, 24/7. The Magpas medical team care for residents in Bedfordshire and Luton (and across the East of England), supporting 200 local residents with serious long term health conditions as well as responding to patients suffering from life-threatening emergencies. Since its inception in 1971, the team has treated more than 60,000 patients and relies on public donations to continue saving lives.
The Magpas doctors and critical care paramedics are specially trained in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, which allows them to provide treatment and perform procedures which are usually only available in A&E departments, straight at the scene of the emergency. Saving vital time is important in making a lifesaving difference when time is often scarce.
Throughout the pandemic, Magpas Air Ambulance has been on the frontline supporting the NHS to transfer critically-ill Covid-19 patients regionally and now nationally between hospitals. A grant received from NET’s Coronavirus Appeal through the Bedfordshire & Luton community foundation, has ensured the safety of patients and healthcare professionals during Covid-19 times as well as safeguarding the service for the future. It has equipped the medical team with air fed, powered respirators and personal protective hoods to enable the specially trained clinicians to continue treating critically ill and injured patients during the Covid-19 outbreak 24/7.