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MISSION CRITICAL: 1st – 7th Jun

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 28 missions.

Both WNAA and DLRAA flew to the very high-profile accident at Alton Towers in Staffordshire. Both the helicopters worked with a wide range of on-scene emergency crews, including ambulances and officers from West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), the WMAS Hazardous Area Response Team, two helicopters from Midlands Air Ambulance, BASICS doctors, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Staffordshire Police and Alton Towers own community first responders. WNAA assessed and treated a 17 year old girl with significant lower limb injuries, while DLRAA helped a 19 year old girl who had also suffered severe leg injuries. Both of the girls were flown by our helicopters to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

For more information about the Alton Towers incident, please click here.

Medical emergencies were our highest number of callouts this week, at 32% of incidents attended. This included an incident DLRAA responded to on Sunday 7th June after a man in his 20s suffered burns to his face and chest after an accident while lighting a BBQ. They flew to Rugby, Warwickshire, to assist West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) in assessing and treating the man, and administered pain relief before travelling with him in the land ambulance to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Road traffic collisions made up the next highest amount of missions, at 25% of the total attended. WNAA flew to Coventry on Thursday 4th June after a car overturned, resulting in two patients needing medical attention. Our air ambulance crews worked with WMAS on-scene to assess and treat the patients, who were a woman in her 60s and a man in his 30s. The patients were taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

Both sports injuries and falls were high this week, at 18% each. Industrial accidents and incidents that could not be classified made up the last of our missions this week at 3% each.

Our Wellies for Helis campaign is encouraging supporters everywhere to kickstart our summer fundraising. For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, click here. Alternatively, you can call 08454 130999 and talk to us direct.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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