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MISSION CRITICAL: 23rd May – 5th Jun

Your local air ambulance services have been hard at work over the last fortnight, despite the typical British summer blazing sunshine one day and flooding the next. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to as we approach our 25,000th mission.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 89 missions.

Most of the missions we’ve been out to over the past 14 days have been road traffic collisions. These made up 39% of our total calls. DLRAA flew to Derby during the early evening after a collision between a motorcycle and a car left a man injured.

The air ambulance was called by the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) at 7.30pm and at the scene by 7.42pm.

They worked with the EMICS team to treat the patient, who was in his 30s, and gave him pain relief and immobilised him before flying him to Queen’s Medical Centre for further care.

Medical emergencies were also high this week, at 34%. This included several cardiac arrests, among other conditions.

Sports injuries were also unusually high – likely due to the summer weather coaxing people outside. They made up 13% of all the missions the crews went out on. WNAA flew to a skatepark in Northamptonshire after a young man was involved in a BMX accident.

The air ambulance was called at 3.08pm and arrived at the scene at 3.28pm.

The patient, who was in his 20s, was assessed by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the air ambulance crew before being taken to Kettering Hospital for further treatment.

Falls and incidents that could not be categorised made up 7% each of our missions. WNAA flew to Daventry after a man fell off some scaffolding, landing on a hard surface.

WNAA was called at 4.02pm, arriving at the scene at 4.11pm.

The crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to assess and treat the patient, who had suffered potential injuries to his head and spine. He was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

The crews also went to a couple of industrial and domestic accidents, making up 2% of the total.

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.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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