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MISSION CRITICAL: 29th Aug – 4th Sep

It’s been another busy and varied week with 34 call outs across the five counties we cover. Road traffic collisions were, as they often are, the largest percentage of callouts we went to, making up half.

Here’s a brief look at some of the missions flown by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

Both services flew to many road traffic collisions – 50% of all missions last week were related to collisions. WNAA flew to the A446 on Thursday after a motorcyclist in his 40s was injured.

The man sustained injuries to his head, shoulder, arm, pelvis and leg. He was treated at the scene by West Midlands Ambulance Service before being anaesthetised and given splints by the air ambulance crew. He was then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies and falls were next most common, at 12% of the total missions each. DLRAA flew to Derbyshire after a man fell 12ft from a tree.

The man, who was in his 20s, suffered limb injuries and was treated at the scene and assisted to the land ambulance before being taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Sports incidents made up 9% of our total.

Industrial and domestic accidents were our least common callout, at just 3% of all missions.

Help keep us flying by volunteering to help out during Air Ambulance Week this month.

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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