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MISSION CRITICAL: 27th Apr – 3rd May

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 21 emergency calls.

Road traffic collisions represented the highest number of callouts this week, at 47% of the total attended. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire on Sunday 3rd May after an elderly lady drove over a verge and into a field at speed. The crew was on-scene within 15 minutes of being called, and assessed and treated the patient alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). She was complaining of neck pain and was handed over to the EMAS crew for further transport.

Medical emergencies were also high at 24%, and included collapses and cardiac arrests.

Falls were also a higher percentage than usual this week at 14% of our total missions. WNAA flew to Coventry on Friday 1st May after a woman fell in her home. The crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had a severe head injury. She was sedated on-scene, then taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire via land ambulance due to location.

Sports accidents were much lower than last week, where they were unusually high, at 9%. DLRAA flew to an accident in Derbyshire on Saturday 2nd May involving a patient who had fallen from a motorcross bike in a remote area. They worked with EMAS to get to the patient, as vehicle access was difficult, and then flew him to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Agricultural incidents made up the last 5% of our missions this week. WNAA flew to Lutterworth on Wednesday 29th April after a farmer suffered an injury to his hand. t

If you’d like to support your local air ambulance and help to save lives in your community, have a look at our events page to find something to suit you. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

Our helicopter can fly at speeds of up to 185mph – meaning that distances can be travelled about four times faster than by road.

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