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This week the shift patterns of our services changed to reflect the longer daylight hours. Here’s a snapshot of what the crew have been up to.

As spring approaches, our teams have started to work on shifts that allow them to cover the extra hour of light that we’ve recently been enjoying in the evenings. Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) is now online between 8am and 6pm, while Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) to fly between 7am and 5pm.

WNAA and DLRAA were called to a total of 35 incidents last week, which is more than double the number of incidents that they attended the previous week.

Road traffic collisions make up 34% of the rescue missions they have attended over the past seven days. WNAA flew to two incidents at the Cathorpe Interchange on the A14, in Northamptonshire. The crew responded to one call on Monday 2nd March and they were then requested to fly to the same area again just three days later, on Thursday 5th March. Our teams also attended road traffic collisions in Binley, Leicester and Gainsborough.

Another 34% of rescue missions WNAA and DLRAA attended last week related to medical emergencies, 11% of incidents attended were to help patients after a fall and another 11% of cases were to support people suffering from sporting injuries. This included an equestrian accident that DLRAA flew to on Monday afternoon, just to the north west of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. They treated a lady for suspected back and head injuries after she was thrown from her horse before flying her to Sheffield for further care.

This week, ahead of Mother’s Day we’re celebrating mums everywhere with our latest campaign, ‘Every Mum’s a Hero’. To find out more about our campaign, or to make a donation so that we can be there for more mums in their greatest hour of need visit our appeal page here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

Able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, our state of the art AgustaWestland 109 helicopters’ average response time is just 13 minutes.

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