A life saving charity has today thanked members and staff at a local golf course for their help in looking after critically ill patients.
The Gog Magog Golf course has been a much valued landing site over the years for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) which brings in seriously ill and injured patients to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
This week, the hospital officially opened its own helipad which means the charity is now able to land even closed to the emergency department when patients are taken for additional care, signalling the end of landings at the golf course and the beginning of uninterrupted rounds for golfers.
Dr Adam Chesters, Emergency Department Chief Resident and Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine at Addenbrooke’s, regularly flies with the EAAA and is a familiar face at the golf course, bringing in patients regularly before they are transferred to the hospital. He said: “Being able to land at the Gog Magog has been marvellous and we are incredibly grateful to the golf course management and members for allowing us to use their site which has been the closest we could get to Addenbrooke’s until their own pad opened this week.”
EAAA Chief Executive Tim Page recently presented a framed picture of the air ambulance helicopter to Norman Benton, Chairman at Gog Magog, and Secretary Manager Kevin Malder, as a show of appreciation from the charity to everyone involved at the golf course.
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