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MISSION CRITICAL: 9th – 15th Mar

It’s been other very busy week for our crew. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to over the last seven days.

Last week Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) responded to a total of 34 emergency calls.

At 47%, almost half of all the rescue missions WNAA and DLRAA have flown to in the past seven days were to help people involved in road traffic collisions. This is an increase of 13% on the previous week. On Saturday morning (14th) WNAA responded to a motorcycle incident in Rockingham, Northamptonshire. After arriving on scene our crew assessed the patient, who was suffering from suspected head, chest and pelvic injuries. They provided advance pain relief to help ease the patients discomfort before flying them to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further care. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday afternoon (10th) DLRAA flew to a road traffic collision near Measham in Leicestershire, to help a patient who had been involved in an incident on the A444. The crew treated the patient for suspected limb and abdominal injuries before transporting them by air, again to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Another 26% of rescue missions attended last week were related to medical emergencies and 15% of incidents attended were to help patients after a sporting injury. This included a 15 year old boy playing Rugby in Leicestershire who was flown to Queens Medical Centre by DLRAA after complaining of pain in his neck. Another incident involved WNAA helping a woman who fell from her horse, just north of Market Harborough, during a hunt. After assessment and receiving pain relief, she was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire with suspected chest and back injuries.

There were also calls received this week, when our crew were required to help patients involved in industrial accidents and serious falls. In total these incidents made up another 9% of the rescue missions they completed last week.

If you’d like to support your local air ambulance and help to save lives in your community, you can join us for our White Peak Challenge in May. To find out more visit our event page here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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