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MISSION CRITICAL: 23rd – 29th Mar

Here’s a brief snapshot of the rescue missions that our crew have attended 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 25 emergency calls, with DLRAA completing 11 and WNAA completing 14.

Road traffic collisions accounted for a particularly high amount of our callouts this week, making up 36% of the missions our crews attended. WNAA flew to the A515 on Thursday 26th March after a car was involved in a collision with a van and an HGV. They assessed and treated the patients on-scene alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). One man, who was suffering with suspected chest and abdominal injuries, was flown to Queen’s Medical Centre for further treatment.

Both our crews were also called out to several medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests and collapses, totalling 28% of callouts.

Falls made up for 16% of all missions, which was unusually high. One of these took place on Saturday 28th March after a man in Stretton fell from a roof. DLRAA flew to the scene and were assisted by EMAS in assessing and treating the patient on-scene, before flying him to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Our crews also attended a couple of industrial accidents, and a single sports related injury. WNAA flew to the latter after a woman fell from her horse, sustaining injuries to her chest and hip. She was sedated at the scene and given pain relief, then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

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.

About 18% of our rescue missions are to medical emergencies.

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