The award-winning television programme Helicopter ER, which follows the life-saving work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, returns tonight for its third series.
The first episode of the UKTV show, which will be aired at 9pm on Really, features a vet left paralysed after being attacked by a bull he was treating and a young woman rebuilding her life after suffering major facial wounds in a car crash.
Adam Collings, Really Channel Director for UKTV said: “We’re really pleased that Helicopter ER is back for a new series on Really. The work that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance does is phenomenal, and we hope viewers tune in to see the incredible staff in action. It is literally, live-saving television.”
Helicopter ER is made by York-based Air Television, which has scooped two Royal Television Society awards for their work on the compelling series.
The current, 15-episode series follows Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilots, paramedics and doctors as they attend incidents across England’s largest county – from road accidents to falls from horses, ladders, roofs and rocks; from heart attacks to heart-stopping rescues.
The rapid response emergency serves 5million people and carries out over 1,300 missions every year. It operates two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.
Abby Barmby, Director of Marketing and Communications at the YAA, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Helicopter ER back on our screens again.
“As well as helping the YAA raise vital awareness of the Charity, we hope it offers viewers a genuine insight into the day to day work our skilled crews undertake and the vital work they do helping people in often life-threatening and difficult situations.
“We would like to sincerely thank all of the patients who have let us share their amazing stories as well as the team at Air Television who are now very much part of the YAA family. We really hope everyone enjoys this new series as much as we have.”
The first episode of Helicopter ER is on Really at 9pm tonight and you can catch up with any episodes you miss on UKTV Play.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedics and dispatchers are seconded to the rapid response emergency service by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Stephen Segasby, Deputy Director of Operations, added: “This TV series is a fantastic opportunity to highlight how our paramedics in the air work so closely with their Yorkshire Ambulance Service colleagues on the ground. We are really proud of the whole team, who always go above and beyond to help patients in some very difficult situations.”