CRASH UPDATE: First time blood given to patient at the roadside in the North

A Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter.
A Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter.

An air ambulance doctor treating a casualty at this afternoon’s crash on the A1 in Northumberland was able to administer blood – the first time the treatment has been used outside a hospital in the North.

The two-vehicle crash happened on the A1 northbound near to the Ramparts Business Park, just north of Berwick, at 3.50pm today and Northumbria Police had warned that the road would be closed until around 9.30pm.

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Jim Entwistle, spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS), said: “At 3.50pm today, we were called to the A1 just north of Berwick where a man, believed in his 50s, had been critically injured in a two-vehicle collision. He had suffered head, chest and pelvic injuries. Once on scene, the aircrew doctor anaesthetised the patient on the roadside. He also administered blood – the first time the treatment has been used outside a hospital in the North.

“The patient was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. The flight took around 20 minutes and the man was critical on arrival.”

Blood on Board, a new service to carry blood on the Great North Air Ambulances, was only launched yesterday and was devised by emergency specialists at GNAAS and the Newcastle Hospitals’ Major Trauma Centre to help save lives.