MISSION CRITICAL: 13th – 19th Apr
Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the past seven days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.
Last week Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance continues (DLRAA) responded to a total of 26 emergency calls.
Our crews were busiest with road traffic collisions this week, with 38% of our total callouts being to help out at them. DLRAA flew to Wingerworth, Derbyshire on Sunday 19th April after a man in his 60s was involved in a road traffic collision that knocked him off his motorbike and into a field. The air ambulance crew landed in the same field and worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient. He had injuries to his chest, back and abdomen, and was given pain relief and flown to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
They then only had barely an hour’s break before they were called out to another motorcycling road traffic collision, again in Derbyshire. Another motorcyclist in his 60s had come off his bike and suffered a chest injury. He was given pain relief and flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Medical emergencies were also high this week, unlike last week which was an unusual low. They made up 27% of the missions our crews went out on.
Sports incidents are also still high, at 15%, probably because the warmer weather is coaxing more of us back outdoors. On Tuesday 14th April, WNAA flew to Warwickshire after a patient was in an equestrian accident. The patient, who was in his 40s, was being assessed by both EMAS and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) paramedics when the air ambulance crew arrived. WNAA flew him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Missions related to falls represented 11% of our missions this week. One particular incident saw DLRAA flying to the Peak District after a climber suffered a fall. The air ambulance crew worked closely with Edale Mountain Rescue Team and EMAS to help assess and treat the patient. The mountain rescue team helped get the patient to our helicopter, and he was then flown to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
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.