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MISSION CRITICAL: 30th Nov – 6th Dec

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, come rain, shine or even wind. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to as we count down to the end of the year.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 20 missions.

The majority of missions they were called out to were road traffic collisions. These made up 65% of the total callouts both services went out on. WNAA flew to the M1 at the weekend after a car and an HGV were involved in a collision. The patient, a man in his 40s, had suffered a head injury and was trapped in his vehicle. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), the police and the fire stuff to extricate the patient. He was then assessed and flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

DLRAA flew to Derbyshire on Friday after a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle left a man in his 50s injured. The crash occurred in a deeply wooded area, so the crew landed as close as possible to the patient, then assessed and treated him alongside EMAS. He had suffered a potentially serious chest injury and was given advanced pain relief before being flown to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

The crews also went to a large amount of medical emergencies, at 30% of their total missions.

Falls made up the last 5% of missions.

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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