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MISSION CRITICAL: 28th Sep – 4th Oct

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, come rain or shine. 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 30 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up the majority of our missions, at 53% of our total for last week. DLRAA flew to Northamptonshire on Saturday 3rd October after three cars were involved in a collision. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the fire crew to extricate patients, then assessed and treated four patients at the scene. One, a woman in her 60s, was complaining of chest pain, and subsequently flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Medical emergencies were our second most attended, at 25%, and included conditions like cardiac arrests, heart attacks and collapses.

Sports, falls and other missions made up the final 6% of our missions, at 2% each. DLRAA flew to Countesthorpe, Leicestershire on Friday 2nd October after a man fell approximately 40ft out of a tree. DLRAA worked with EMAS to assess and treat the man, who had suffered suspected chest and abdominal injuries. He was given pain relief and immobilised before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

WNAA was called to Nottingham on Saturday 3rd October after a teenager fell and was knocked unconscious while playing hockey. The patient had suffered a head injury, and was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, with the air ambulance crew travelling in an EMAS land ambulance due to closeness to QMC.

WNAA and DLRAA are encouraging supporters to fill up milk bottles with spare change for their Bottle Bank campaign. For more information and the chance to get your own fundraising pack sent to you, click here.

On average our services attend around 1,800 rescue missions per year.

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