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A team of Wales’ most “elite” medics have been taking part in live training exercises ahead of the launch of the “Flying Doctors”.
Police, fire and ambulance crews have teamed up to see how they can all deal with major incidents together.
The new specialist critical care team will be flying on shifts in Wales Air Ambulance helicopters and the most advanced emergency medical vehicles in the world from April.
Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething says it’s an impressive sight:
“It’s not just that it looks realistic, but to see the practical skills being deployed of the specialists reinforces why the money is being invested to take the emergency room out to the patient.”
The team will come from two bases, Swansea and Welshpool, with a centre in Caernarfon for extra support for north Wales.
John Glenn is a doctor at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and will be based in Welshpool:
“We can bring blood transfusions, we can do surgery at the roadside and we can give anaesthesia to patients who really need it.
“It’s a really exciting thing for Wales to have and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
Craig Williams is a consultant at Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital and will be on shift from Swansea:
“It’s not just about saving lives; it’s also about improving the quality of life of the person saved.
“What we want is not just a life saved, but a person back to normal.”
The Welsh Government says the critical care team will be able to reach 95% of the Welsh population by air - and 46% by road within 30 minutes.