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MISSION CRITICAL: 7th – 20th Dec

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last 14 days of the festive season. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to as we count down to Christmas.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 40 missions.

Of all the missions both crews went on, 35% were to road traffic collisions. WNAA flew to Claybrooke Magan in Leicestershire after a three car road traffic collision left three patients injured. They joined East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patients. Two had neck and back injuries and were cared for by EMAS, while the third was trapped in their vehicle and was extricated by fire crews. This patient was a man in his 30s and was given advanced pain relief before being taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance, with the air ambulance crew travelling with him.

The second highest number of missions was, unusually, to missions that didn’t fit in any category, at 25%.

Falls accounted for 13% of callouts the air ambulances went to. WNAA flew to Solihull on Monday 14th December after a man in his 60s fell from a ladder and became injured. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had a suspected head injury. He was sedated by WNAA’s crew and taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with the air crew accompanying.

Medical emergencies were also quite high, at 10% of total missions.

Industrial accidents and sports incidents made up 6% of missions each. DLRAA flew to Matlock on Sunday 20th December after a teenage boy was injured playing rugby. They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the patient, who had sustained potential spinal injuries, and flew him to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham 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*.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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