Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provide the critical care and air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Our crew attend the most critical incidents across the region by helicopter or by one of our two critical care cars. When someone is seriously ill or injured time is of the essence, and they need expert help fast. This is where we come in.

The GWAAC Critical Care Team consists of a highly trained and experienced Pilot, a Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care and a Critical Care Doctor. From emergency blood transfusions to roadside amputations or treating cardiac arrests, our crew specialise in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and Trauma Medicine, bringing the skills and expertise of an Emergency Department to the patient.

In 2018 the Critical Care Team attended 1,887 jobs: by helicopter and by one of our critical care cars, our busiest year to date. On average we attend 5 incidents every day, but some days it’s many more.

As a charity, we receive no day-to-day funding from the Government or National Lottery and need to raise over £3 million each year to stay operational. This means we rely on the generosity of our donors and supporters to keep flying.