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MISSION CRITICAL: 2nd – 8th May

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last seven days, going to even more missions as the days get longer and we head properly into summer. 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 47 missions.

Road traffic collisions were, as usual, the most common cause of callout for the services, at 40% of the total.

Medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests were also common, at 19% of the missions flown.

The services went to several sports incidents and falls, at 15% of all missions each. WNAA flew to Warwickshire on Sunday afternoon after a man in his 40s was involved in a motorcross incident.

The patient was injured after a head on collision with another motorcross driver. WNAA was dispatched at 1.16pm, arriving on-scene at 1.35pm and working with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to assess and treat the patient.

He was suffering from an injury to his arm, and was given pain relief and immobilised before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

DLRAA flew to a young man in the Peak District after he fell approximately 25ft while climbing on Tuesday.

The air ambulance was dispatched at 2.32pm and at the scene by 3pm.

They worked with Edale Mountain Rescue Team to assess and treat the patient, who was suffering from a possible pelvic fracture. The crew then worked with Edale MRT to move the patient to the helicopter, who was then flown to Sheffield Northern General hospital.

The last few missions were to incidents that could not be classified.

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.

About 17% of our rescue missions are to sports related accidents.

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