Air Ambulance responds to record number of call-outs.

The launch of a second life-saving helicopter in the spring of last year helped Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) respond to a record number of emergencies in 2020.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 2:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th February 2021, 2:27 pm
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Base, Aberdeen (SCAA) home to Helimed 79 Paramedics with Helimed 79 pictured at the SCAA hangar at Aberdeen Airport. Picture by Graeme Hart. Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 01738 623350 Mobile: 07990 594431

Throughout the year, the charity-funded life-saving service responded to more time-critical emergencies than ever before, flying a record number of seriously ill and injured patients to advanced hospital care from all parts of the country.

SCAA's crews deployed to 460 life-threatening emergencies – a 31 per cent increase on the previous year. Serious trauma cases dominated SCAA's mission log and accounting for 217 call outs. Of those trauma emergencies, 99 were to road traffic collisions.