TV viewers tune in to see Great North Air Ambulance Service at work

Great North Air Ambulance pilot Owen McTeggart and paramedic Andy Dalton.

Great North Air Ambulance pilot Owen McTeggart and paramedic Andy Dalton.

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Millions of TV viewers will tune in to see the life-saving work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) tomorrow.

It will feature on Tuesday’s BBC Two documentary An Hour to Save Your Life, which explores the critical decisions facing doctors in the first hour of emergency care.

The 9pm episode follows three patients from the moment a 999 call is made, as frontline doctors and paramedics battle to keep people alive and treat their injuries.

Among them is a Northumberland cyclist who comes off his bike in the Pennine Hills and suffers a serious facial injury.

Once in hospital, the man begins to deteriorate and suffers a major stroke before undergoing an emergency operation to remove part of his skull and relieve the swelling in his brain. The cyclist faces a long process of rehabilitation after his injuries.

A moped rider fighting for his life after a collision with a lorry and a police officer in cardiac arrest will also be part of episode one.

GNAAS chief medical officer, Dr Dave Bramley, said: “Our aim is to provide a world-class pre-hospital care service for the people of the region and we hope the An Hour To Save Your Life series captures some of these pioneering and life-saving medical innovations.”

GNAAS will also be featured in episode four on August 30.