Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Charity donation aids Isle of Man air ambulance

The Isle of Man's air ambulance service is set to improve after a £5,000 donation from a local heart charity.

The money from the Manx Heart Support group has been used to buy a "state of the art" aero sled stretcher.

Officials said the move meant "a much faster turn-around time where multiple patients need transferring to the UK".

A health spokesman said about 350 patients were transferred annually from the Isle of Man to other medical centres in Great Britain.

The ambulance is used to transport a wide-range of patients including premature babies, critically ill children and adults who require life support during their journey.

Health minister David Anderson said: "This generous donation will ensure that patients are able to benefit from the latest advances in technology, with the new equipment making for a safer and speedier transfer from the ambulance to the aircraft."

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