Belfast Telegraph

Emergency helicopter at the ready for North West 200

The new air ambulance outside Titanic Belfast
The new air ambulance outside Titanic Belfast
Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

Northern Ireland's new emergency medical helicopter will be on call at the North West 200 - even though the service hasn't officially launched yet.

NW200 event director Mervyn Whyte called it a "huge milestone" for emergency care across the province.

Dr David McManus, medical director of the NI Ambulance Service, said: "It will greatly assist the medical services and our colleagues in the voluntary ambulance services at NW200 in the response and care they provide following an incident."

For most, the massive north coast racing event will be the first time the helicopter and its crew have been seen.

The arrival of the aircraft at the event will be a fitting tribute to the late Dr John Hinds, who died in a motorcycling tragedy in 2015.

Dr Hinds provided emergency medical cover at road races around Ireland, and was one of the leading campaigners for the airborne service.

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