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Air ambulance speeds up rescues with NHS broadband net

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has reduced the time taken from receiving an emergency call to getting in the air from seven to two minutes, after linking its computer systems to three local ambulance services through the NHS N3 broadband network.

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The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has reduced the time taken from receiving an emergency call to getting in the air from seven to two minutes, after linking its computer systems to three local ambulance services through the NHS N3 broadband network.

The air ambulance says the project has allowed it to carry more passengers and reduce the number of aborted missions.

As part of the upgrade programme, West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service, one of three local ambulance services to use the air ambulance, has replaced dial-up lines and low capacity leased lines with ADSL links from ambulance stations to the N3 network.

This was first published in May 2006

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