Perhaps one of the most
common questions visitors ask when noticing the remoteness of
Holy Island, particularly when the tide is in, is 'what happens
in the event of a medical emergency'.
In common with other
remote communities up here in Northumberland, we are proud to
receive the superb service of the 'Great North Air Ambulance'.
The 'shout' may be on the Island, the A1 trunk road or an
off-the-track lane or footpath. It may be an out-in-the-wilds
farmhouse or hamlet. We are all indebted to the valiant efforts
of the dedicated and intrepid aircrew.
are certain pre-allocated landing sites on the Island the
helicopter will land within yards of almost any incident. DTI
legislation prohibits radio communication with the Island's
volunteer coastguard service and visual signals are occasionally
required. Similarly, the helicopter is not equipped for night
landings in remote areas. The response is very fast indeed.
Within thirty minutes the patient can be transported to the
finest of hospital attention in the country - with the medical
teams already prepared and waiting at the landing site. Not
merely first class service but the best!
Of course there is a cost for such excellent service.
There is also risk that the service may be phased out if these costs are not met.
And it may be that one day you or someone you care about is passing through Northumberland and may be in need of
Many of us on the island are absolutely dedicated to the cause - and with good reason. Ask us about it.
The late EddieDouglas
Regular Holy Island collector
( £9k+ in Y2001!! )
Then - if you are able -
please give generously...
donations to the following address:
GREAT NORTH AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE
The Imperial Centre,