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MISSION CRITICAL: 16th – 22nd 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 37 missions.

At 41%, road traffic collisions made up the majority of the missions the crews went out to. WNAA flew to Northamptonshire halfway through the week after a young cyclist was involved in a collision with a car.

The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suspected head injuries. She was given advanced pain relief, immobilised for transport, then flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

DLRAA flew to the A17 in Lincolnshire on Thursday after a major road traffic accident saw several patients injured and two air ambulances called out.

Our air ambulance crew joined EMAS and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to assess and treat patients at the scene.

DLRAA gave critical care at the scene, then flew a man in his 50s to Queen’s Medical Centre for further treatment.

Medical emergencies like cardiac arrests and collapses made up the next most missions, at 32% of the total.

Sports accidents made up 8% of our total.

Falls and industrial accidents made up 5% of the missions each.

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.

Able to reach speeds of up to 185mph, our state of the art AgustaWestland 109 helicopters’ average response time is just 13 minutes.

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