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MISSION CRITICAL: 18th – 24th 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 26 emergency calls.

Road traffic incidents were responsible for our largest number of callouts again this week, at 35% of the total missions we went on. WNAA were called to Tamworth in Staffordshire on Sunday after a cyclist in his 60s was involved in a road traffic collision when he fell off his bike. He suffered from shoulder and pelvic injures, and had already been given a splint for his pelvis and pain relief by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). WNAA’s crew continued treatment and flew him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

DLRAA flew to a road traffic collision on Thursday 21st May after a multiple vehicle road collision resulted in multiple casualties in Warwickshire. They worked with WMAS and Midland Air Ambulance to help out the patients on-scene, and assessed and transported a female patient in her 60s to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire by air.

Sports accidents and medical emergencies were the second highest number of callouts, at 19% each. This included a woman in Rockingham on the Sunday, after she fell from her horse and sustained a head injury. She was assessed and treated by WNAA, who immobilised her to prevent further injury, then flew her to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Industrial accidents and falls made up 8% and 7% of missions respectively, while the last 11% of missions were made up by missions that could not be categorised.

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

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