Magpas… saving lives since 1971!

Ever wondered who operates the bright orange helicopter often seen coming and going from RAF Wyton, and more importantly why? Well, avid readers of our local papers can tell you all about the Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service, or ‘Magpas’ as they are better known, and the vital ‘helimedix’ service it operates.

Who are Magpas?

Founded in 1971, Magpas provides frontline medical care – free of charge to those involved in serious incidents, regardless of location. To date, the organisation has attended to over 60,000 patients.

Incidents requiring emergency medical attention can happen anywhere and at anytime, and Magpas are often first to respond, whether called to the roadside, a town centre, a sporting event, the water’s edge, a school playground, an individual’s home or even the remotest location. They have even been sent to emergencies at RAF Wyton.

How does it work?

Many of the UK’s highly trained medics volunteer their own time with Magpas. Operating a specialist helicopter, flights crucially carry specialist trauma doctors and paramedics who can start treatment as soon as they reach an incident, thus saving more lives and reducing the effect of head and other severe injuries.

At Magpas, they know life is precious and their core focus has always been about getting the right model of care, within the right time frame to seriously ill and injured patients when they need it most. The prime goal is not only save a person’s life, but for he or she to recover more quickly, spend less time in hospital and return to a decent quality of life – not just for the patient, but for the family and their nearest and dearest.

How much of a difference does Magpas make?

Matt, a former Magpas patient said: “I can’t thank Magpas enough for their quick and efficient response on the day of my accident. Not only am I still alive, I even have both my legs, and I can run. It’s hard to describe, but life feels really good and I thank not only the medical staff but all the supporters who get behind the organisation.”

How is it funded?

On average, it costs £600 to fly an emergency medical mission and the current total annual cost of the charity is just under £2.8 million. The charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding and relies wholly on generous donations from the public. So whether you’re a Magpas Lottery member, an event organiser, a fundraiser, or a Magpas sponsor, this essential organisation really appreciates your support!

If you’re interested in joining the Magpas Lottery, you’ll be in with a chance of winning up to £1,000 per week! Simply log onto the Magpas website: and click on ‘Magpas Lottery’ to find out how you can sign up.

Meet some of the Helimedix team

Sally Boor, Magpas paramedic:
Sally signs up for as many shifts as she can! She has been volunteering since August 2012: “Magpas is absolutely bursting with heart and soul. It is an organisation brimming with integrity and respect. In fact, it is  impossible not to be motivated by the Magpas values. I originally joined to develop myself, so I could provide better care for patients, but the result has been far more than that – I have a whole new mind set and I am honoured to be able to work with such amazing and nurturing people.”

Dr Rob Major, Magpas Doctor:
Rob is a part time mountaineer and family man with two children. He works as an A&E Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and has been working with Magpas since 2007. He says, “Magpas has made me the  professional I am today. It’s great to be working with a charity that is so focused on the very best patient care. The dedication shown by all those who work at the charity is truly inspirational. With the development of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) as a new subspecialty within the NHS, Magpas continues to provide state of the art care.”