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MISSION CRITICAL: 12th – 18th 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 once again made up the majority of our calls at 34%. WNAA flew to Erdington after a road traffic collision left a man injured. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) on-scene to assess and treat the man, who was suffering from injuries to his head, pelvis and legs. He was given advanced pain relief, then flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Medical emergencies were also particularly high, at 21% of our total callouts. This included a cyclist who collapsed in the road at the weekend. WNAA worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and an Amvale crew to assess and treat the patient, who was transferred to a neurological centre nearby for further treatment.

Both sports accidents and falls were also unusually high, at 17% each. DLRAA flew to the Peak District after a climber fell near Stanage Edge and suffered an injury to his lower leg. He was given advanced pain relief and taken to the roadside with the help of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, then handed over to EMAS for transport by land ambulance to hospital.

Industrial accidents made up the last 7% of our missions this week.

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.

About 18% of our rescue missions are to medical emergencies.

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