About Us

Founded in 2008, we are a charity funded Air Ambulance service who are ready to save the lives of local people in our community. 

We provide life saving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of our team at the scene of the accident. 

Though we are part of the regional 999 response service and work closely with NHS hospitals, we are a charity entirely funded by local people just like you.


We cover Bristol, Bath and NE Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire.

Within five minutes of a call to our base, our helicopter is in the air with a highly trained doctor and paramedic on board.

No more than 20 minutes later and the team are on the ground providing life saving care to the patient.

The result? One patient in five – a patient otherwise expected to die – survives.

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Vital Statistics

How we work

Within five minutes of a 999 call to the GWAAC base in Filton, our aircraft takes off.

We don’t simply fly people to the nearest hospital. We treat accidents at the scene and in the air, providing life saving expertise before they even reach the hospital.

The service we provide is reliant on our brilliant team of pilots, paramedics and doctors who specialise in pre-hospital care and trauma medicine.

We work to the Gold Standard Critical Care Model, which means we rush a Critical Care Paramedic and Critical Care Doctor straight to the scene. We arrive anywhere in our region no more that 20 minutes later.

From emergency cesareans to roadside amputations to treating cardiac arrests, it’s the skill and dedication of our team that means one patient in five – a patient otherwise expected to die – survives.

of all incidents are cardiac arrests
Needed each year to stay operational
Missions in 2016
0 incidents
On average each day need the GWAAC team
of all incidents are Road Traffic Collisions
Population covered over six counties

GWAAC saves lives across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire.

Many of our highly skilled team are volunteers who give up their precious time to help save people in their local community. 

But without you, all this would be for nothing.

It’s your donations that allow us to keep the ambulance in the air, so our team can keep saving lives.

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It's yours, It's a charity, Keep it flying!

We receive no day to day government funding and rely on your support.

You can read more about our work in our Impact Report.

Read our 2016 Impact Report

Read our Impact Report