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MISSION CRITICAL: 21st Dec – 3rd Jan

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work every day over Christmas and the New Year. Here’s a snapshot of what they found themselves getting up to while the rest of us were busy tucking into turkey and celebrating 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 32 missions.

Of all the missions they went to, over 40% of them were to medical emergencies like strokes and cardiac arrests. The only mission the services went to on Christmas Day was medical in nature, after a male patient had a seizure in Leicestershire. WNAA was called to the scene by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assist in stopping the seizure. The patient was then taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary by land ambulance, with the air ambulance crew assisting in the ambulance.

WNAA also flew to a woman in her 30s who collapsed in Nottinghamshire on Christmas Eve. The woman suffered a cardiac arrest, and was given CPR by a bystander, then a community first responder. The air ambulance crew worked with EMAS to treat the patient, who was given advanced life support by WNAA and then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Road traffic collisions were the next most common incident, at 25% of the total missions we went out on. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire just before Christmas after a woman was involved in a road traffic collision that left her in need of advanced pain relief. They worked with EMAS to assess and treat the woman, who was in her 30s. She had been trapped in her car prior to the arrival of the air ambulance crew and had suffered injuries to her arms. She was flown to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

Sports incidents were also high considering the cold weather, at 19% of the missions the air crews were called to.

Falls made up just 2% of our calls, with uncategorised calls making up the last 9%.

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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