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Flying doctors to cover all of Wales

Specialist doctors will join Wales Air Ambulance crews for the first time as part of a new service aimed at treating seriously injured patients faster.

From April 2015 crews will be joined by consultant doctors who will be able to provide immediate treatment for trauma injuries, strokes and heart attacks.

The £3m-a-year service will allow doctors to reach about 95% of the welsh population within 30 minutes.

It will also mean the helicopters can carry blood for the first time.

The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service Cymru (EMRTS Cymru) will operate 12 hours a day from bases in Swansea and Welshpool.

BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke talked first to deputy health minister Vaughan Gething AM and then to Dr Kyle Jacques, vice chair of the trustees of the Wales Air Ambulance.

  • 29 Sep 2014
  • From the section Wales
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