Sky TV series for North East’s air ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Guardian of the North arrives at the new base at Newcastle International Airport.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) Guardian of the North arrives at the new base at Newcastle International Airport.

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A PRIMETIME television series will go behind the scenes at an air ambulance charity.

Sky television will broadcast the six-part documentary series Air Ambulance ER featuring the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) from January 6.

Production firm Tern TV spent four months over the past summer filming with the GNAAS crew as they embarked on hundreds of missions throughout the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Tern TV producer Louise Say said the programme combines “glossy cinematography with fantastic characters and cutting-edge medicine”.

She added: “This elite team takes a hospital intensive care unit to the roadside, and uses medical techniques honed on the battlefields of the world’s toughest war zones.

“The film crew - producer director Matt Dolan and assistant producer Lindsay Goodall - were there every step of the way, from the moment the red phone rings, to the treatment of patients at the scene and their transfer to hospital.

“Back at base they filmed the lighter moments of this close knit team - anything from making a cuppa to cleaning the loos. It’s all part of a day in the life of the crew.”

Jim Entwistle, GNAAS spokesman, said: “The series offers an unflinching look at the work of our medics as they battle to save lives across the region. As a charity, it can only be of benefit to us as it showcases the nature of the work we do and the level of expertise we have on board our helicopters.”

The first episode will be broadcast at 9pm on Sky One HD on January 6.

The series also follows the work of Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.