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Mission Critical: 8th-14th August

Our crews have had another busy seven days – with road accidents making up almost half of all call outs.

The total number of missions for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulances was 33 between August 8th and August 14th and 46% of these were to road traffic collisions.

On Thursday, we flew to a country road in Stavely in Derbyshire where a 34-year-old woman had been trapped in a car with a leg injury. She was taken by land ambulance to hospital in Chesterfield.

Earlier in the day we were called to A444 at Twycross after a lorry driver ended up overturned in a ditch. He was freed by the fire service and taken to University Hospital in Coventry by an East Midlands Ambulance Service crew.

The incident was reported in the media here.

Next on the list was medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests (18%) followed by missions categorised as ‘other’ at 15%. One of the most unusual calls of the week was in the latter category where a young girl was attacked by wasps in Catton, Staffordshire. She was treated at the scene and handed over to a West Midlands Ambulance Service crew who took her to hospital.

This incident also made the news, reported here by the Stoke Sentinel and ITV here .

Falls and sports related injuries each made up 9% of missions. On Sunday afternoon we were called to Eldon Hole near Peak Forest in Derbyshire after a walker fell from a path onto rocky ground in the Peak District. A man in his 30s suffered a leg injury and was treated by the crew and flown to Sheffield Northern General.

And on Friday night we were called to Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire when a 19-year-old man fell at a skate park and suffered a very serious leg injury. He was flown to hospital.  A man in his 30s suffered a leg injury and was treated by the crew and flown to Sheffield Northern General.

Industrial accidents made up 3% of all call outs.

Our helicopter can fly at speeds of up to 185mph – meaning that distances can be travelled about four times faster than by road.

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