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MISSION CRITICAL: 16th – 22nd Nov

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 17 missions.

Road traffic collisions and medical emergencies both made up the majority of missions this week, at 29% of the total each.

Sports accidents were the next most common incident we were called to, at 18% of our missions. DLRAA went to an incident in Leicestershire on Monday after a member of a hunt fell from a horse and was injured. DLRAA worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) to assess and treat the patient, who was flown to Queen’s Medical Centre by LNAA.

Falls were also high, at 12%. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire after a man in his 50s fell approximately 3m from a ladder. The helicopter arrived first on-scene, and the air ambulance crew assessed and treated the patient, who was suffering from injuries to his lower back and arm. He was handed over to East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) for transport to a local hospital.

Industrial accidents and other incidents made up the last of the missions, at 6% each.

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

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

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