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Mission Critical: 13th – 19th June

Your local air ambulance crews have been hard at work again over the last week.

Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve been up to in the week since we completed our 25,000th mission.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been out to a combined total of 36 missions in the past week.

Road traffic collisions were once again the most common reason for the air ambulances being called out and made up 41% of missions last week. WNAA flew to a village in Northamptonshire on Sunday after a 35-year-old cyclist suffered wrist and leg fractures. The air ambulance received the call at 12.42 pm and was on the scene near the M40 at 12.54 pm. The crew landed nearby and treated and assessed the patient before flying him  to University Hospital in Coventry for further care.

Falls made up 9% of all missions. These included a call to near Daventry in Northamptonshire on Wednesday after a man in his 20s fell through a roof. Medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests and medical collapses were also quite common at 11% of all the missions. Among them was a call on Sunday to Bakewell in Derbyshire where a cyclist had collapsed. The DLRAA landed in a field near the scene at 3.39pm and the patient was flown to Sheffield Northern General’s new helipad by 4.20pm.

Sports incidents made up 8% of all call outs. Missions that fell in to the ‘other’ category made up 21% of the total. There were no call outs to industrial accidents. 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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