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MISSION CRITICAL: 2nd – 8th Nov

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, come rain, shine, or fireworks. 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 41 missions.

Road traffic collisions represented the highest number of missions our crews went out on, at 50% of the total. WNAA flew to Derbyshire on 5th November after two cars were involved in a collision, leaving two patients injured. The air ambulance crew arrived at the scene at 2.13pm, helping East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patients. They flew one of the patients to University Hospital of South Manchester, while the other travelled by land.

Industrial and domestic accidents, unusually, were the next highest number of callouts the air ambulances went on, at 19%. DLRAA flew to Nottingham on 6th November after a man became trapped by his legs in machinery. The air ambulance arrived on-scene at 3.08pm, helping EMAS to stabilise and treat the patient for serious injuries to his lower legs. They provided pain relief to help with extraction, then travelled in the land ambulance to continue helping the patient on the way to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Medical emergencies made up 15% of the total.

Sports accidents were next highest, at 8%. DLRAA flew to Grimsby, Lincolnshire at the weekend after a horse rider fell from her horse. They helped assess and give her advice before assisting her to a land ambulance that took her to Diana, Princess of Wales hospital.

Falls and other incidents each made up 4% of the services missions this week.

This Christmas, help keep your air ambulance stars in the sky by donating to our Christmas Appeal. For more information, go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/christmasappeal or call 08454 130999*.

Our average response time is just 13 minutes.

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