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MISSION CRITICAL: 12th – 18th Jan

Our Air Ambulance crews have been hard at work as usual this week, flying to accidents and emergencies all across the five counties they serve.

The services attended 17 incidents between them, with Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) attending nine, and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) attending eight.

Road traffic collisions made up the bulk of missions for both services this week, representing 41% of the calls the crews went out on, including a callout for .WNAA on 14th January after a woman was involved in a head-on collision during the early morning and suffered possibly broken legs. She was airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were also very high, at 35%, and included things like cardiac arrests, difficulty breathing, and a woman who suffered a seizure. DLRAA flew to Retford, Nottinghamshire, when a woman became acutely unwell and did not seem to be responding to treatment. They worked together with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and stabilise the woman before taking her to a local neurological centre. As she was very seriously ill, DLRAA’s crew travelled with her in the land ambulance to continue to care for her.

Falls were much lower than last week, at 11%.

5% of the accidents attended were agricultural accidents, including a rescue of an elderly man in Bishops Itchington after he became trapped in a grain silo and began to sink. After Warwickshire Fire and Rescue had managed to extract him, he was assessed by WNAA’s crew and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

An equestrian accident represented the last 5% of the services’s callouts after a man fell from his horse during the Quorn Hunt. DLRAA flew out on 12th January to aid the man, who was assessed as having a potential neck injury and handed over to EMAS for transport to Queen’s Medical Centre.

We are recruiting for new volunteers in all the counties we serve throughout the New Year. If you think you’ve got what it takes to help your local Air Ambulance continue to save lives, go here to get in touch. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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