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MISSION CRITICAL: 9th – 15th 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 the most common type of mission for our service this week, at 31% of the total. WNAA flew to Warwickshire at the weekend after two motorcyclists were involved in a collision with a car.

One of the motorcyclists had suffered multiple injuries, while the driver and other motorcyclist had minimal injuries.

The air ambulance was activated at 1.40pm and at the scene of the collision at 1.53pm.

The patient was a man in his 50s. He had suffered injuries to his head, arms, abdomen and legs, and was stabilised before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further care.

Unusually, falls were our next most common mission, making up 24% of all the missions we went on. DLRAA flew to Thorpe Cloud in the Peak District after a woman suffered a fall while out walking.

DLRAA worked with the Derby Mountain Rescue Team to rescue and help the patient, who had suffered an injury to her ankle.

She was flown to Royal Derby Hospital for further care.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests made up the next most missions, at 21%.

Sports injuries were also quite high, at 10% of the missions flown. WNAA’s crew flew to Warwickshire after a woman was involved in a jet ski collision.

The air ambulance was in the air at 3.35pm and at the scene of the accident by 3.43pm.

The patient, a woman in her 50s, had suffered a potential injury to her pelvis. The air ambulance crew worked with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and the on-site medical staff to assess and treat the woman, who was then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Our last few were made up of missions 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.

About 11% of our rescue missions are to falls or similar incidents.

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