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Mission Critical: 1st-7th August

It’s been another busy and varied week with 39 call outs across the five counties we cover. Road accidents once again accounted for the biggest percentage of missions, making up a third of all the incidents we attended last week.

Here’s a brief look at some of the missions flown by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA)  between Monday August 1st and Sunday August 7th.

Road traffic collisions made up 33% of all missions. These included a motorbike and tractor collision on Sunday in which a 46 year old man suffered head, arm and chest injuries on the A607 at Melton Mowbray. We flew the patient to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

On Thursday August 4 we flew to Derbyshire after a 63-year-old man suffered head and arm injuries when a lorry overturned. He was flown to hospital in Stoke with head and arm injuries.

Missions categorised as ‘other’ made up 21% and medical emergencies  18%.

Falls accounted for 15% including a man in his 70s who fell from a ladder in his garden in Leicestershire on Sunday. We flew the man who had suffered a head injury to University Hospital in Coventry. On Friday we flew to Hope Valley in Derbyshire after a walker collapsed and fell. We treated a man, aged 83, for a head injury before handing him over for a land transfer to hospital.

On Thursday we were called to Barrow on Soar in north Leicestershire where a man in his 20s had fallen from a tree. He was assessed and treated and an ambulance crew took him to hospital by road.

There were several call outs to industrial accidents (8%) and sports-related incidents made up 5%.

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

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