RAF Evacuates 'Critically Ill Patient' From Orkney Islands

The NHS called on the RAF after the patient's condition "started to deteriorate". 

A Royal Air Force A400M transport aircraft has evacuated a "critically ill patient" from the Orkney Islands to Glasgow for further treatment. 

The aircraft took off from RAF Brize Norton on Saturday morning, to reach the 46-year-old man who was in a "life-threatening" condition in hospital in Kirkwall.

The incident was not related to the coronavirus pandemic, the RAF said. 

The NHS called on the RAF after his condition "started to deteriorate". 

The aircraft was carrying a critical care team and the crew were able to treat the individual during the 40-minute journey to Glasgow where he was then transferred to the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"He needed more specialist care," said an RAF spokesperson.

The incident was the second medical evacuation carried out by the RAF in recent weeks. 

On 22 March, a coronavirus patient in the Shetland Islands was flown by the RAF to an Intensive Care Unit in Aberdeen.

Cover image: A400m transport aircraft (Picture: RAF).