Magpas Air Ambulance is a charity bringing crucial lifesaving care, by land and air, to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond, 24/7.
The Magpas Air Ambulance medical team receives enhanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene, like general anaesthetic, which are usually only available in hospital. This means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people return to a good quality of life.
The oldest emergency medical charity in the UK, Magpas Air Ambulance started life as a voluntary service in 1971. As it was founded by two doctors, the charity has a strong clinical heritage. Today, it offers pioneering training to doctors and paramedics wishing to specialise in pre-hospital emergency medicine, for which it is renowned in the medical world.
The charity is based in Cambridgeshire and is activated to emergency medical incidents, using either the air ambulance or a rapid response vehicle, across 12 other counties across the East of England and beyond.
Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives.
Operating 24/7, the charity answers an average of four calls for help a day, treating around 900 patients in life-threatening emergencies every year.
Magpas Air Ambulance serves the communities of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and across the East of England and is dispatched by both the East of England and the East Midlands Ambulance Service Trusts—caring for a population of over 10 million.
Our advanced medical team combines the skills of a senior doctor and critical care paramedic on every shift. All members of the team are specially trained in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM), and support the ambulance service by bringing advanced medical care directly to their patients’ side when time is of the essence.