North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Police dual activated North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves within the space of two minutes for the same incident yesterday. A walker had suffered a suspected medical emergency on a hill above the Usway Burn, north of Alwinton in Northumberland National Park. They were with two other walkers at the time.
Given the nature of the incident, Mountain Rescue resources were swiftly deployed and the Great North Air Ambulance Service was tasked by NEAS. The helimed landed on at about the same time as our vehicle from Rothbury, Curlew Echo, arrived on scene. Following an initial assessment by the GNAAS team, the casualty was walked to the helicopter for the onward flight to hospital.
The two other walkers were escorted off the hill by Mountain Rescue volunteers and were transported back down the valley to their vehicles.
We wish the walker well for a full and swift recovery. We would also like to thank the Great North Air Ambulance Service for their fantastic support and the walker’s companions for providing care until the emergency services arrived.
The incident involved 5 members for 2 hours. A further 17 members were travelling but were stood down.