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MISSION CRITICAL: 14th – 20th Mar

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days. 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 42 missions.

Last week, unusually for the air ambulance crews, medical emergencies made up the majority of the missions they went out on – 33% in total.

Road traffic collisions were also high, at 26% of the total missions they went out on.

DLRAA flew to Northamptonshire on Sunday after a motorcyclist was involved in a collision that left him in urgent need of care.

They received the call at 4.04pm, arriving on-scene at 4.24pm as the first medical resource to do so. The air ambulance crew worked quickly to assess and treat the man, who was in his 30s. He had suffered potential injuries to his spine and pelvis.

He was given pain relief and had his injuries splinted, then was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sports accidents made up 14% of our incidents. WNAA flew to Nuneaton at the weekend after a female horse rider was thrown and then dragged by her horse in a wooded area.

WNAA received the call at 1pm, arriving on-scene just 11 minutes after that.

They assessed and treated the woman, who suffered injuries to her left leg. She was given pain relief, then immobilised and taken to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire by air.

Falls made up 9% of our missions, while industrial and domestic accidents made up just 5%.

The final 12% of our missions were made up by incidents that could not be categorised.

As the light hours get longer, our helicopters adapt with longer flying hours, so they can be there for the public as much as possible. Find out more about our services by clicking here.

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

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