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MISSION CRITICAL: 23rd – 29th 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 22 missions.

Road traffic collisions made up a large amount of callouts this week, at 36% of the total. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire early in the week after an RTC resulted in an elderly man being flown to hospital. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and their Hazardous Area Response Team to assess and treat the man, who had suffered potential injuries to his head. He was taken to Sheffield Northern General by air ambulance.

Medical emergencies like collapse and cardiac arrest were also high, at 23% of all missions the services went out on.

Callouts to incidents involving falls were unusually high, at 18% of total missions. DLRAA was called to the Peak District after a man fell while walking. Due to unsuitable landing conditions, the doctor aboard the helicopter performed a hover deplane nearby, then helped assess and treat the patient. The man had suffered an injury to his arm. DLRAA’s crew then assisted Edale Mountain Rescue Team in moving the patient to the road and handed him over to EMAS for further treatment.

Uncategorised missions were also at an unusual high, at 14%, while incidents related to sports made up the final 9% of missions. WNAA flew to Daventry after a woman fell from her horse, causing potential injuries to her legs. They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, then flew her to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

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*.

Able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, our state of the art AgustaWestland 109 helicopters’ average response time is just 13 minutes.

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