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MISSION CRITICAL: 19th – 25th September

It’s been another varied week with 27 call outs across the five counties we cover. As with last week, road traffic collisions were particularly high.

Here’s a brief look at some of what Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) went out on last week.

The majority of missions our services went out to were road traffic collisions, which made up 44% of all emergencies the air ambulances attended. DLRAA flew to Leicestershire after there was a serious collision between a car and a lorry.

A woman in her 50s was trapped in her car with multiple serious injuries. The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and the Fire Service Technical Rescue Team to extricate and care for the patient. She was flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

Medical emergencies were also common last week, with 11% of missions being related to them.

Falls and sports injuries were low, at just 7% each.

Missions that couldn’t be categorised made up a large number of missions this week, totalling 30% of all callouts. This included a man in Warwickshire who was involved in a lawnmower accident at the weekend.

As he had injured his hand with the mower and was a long way from a hospital with specialist hand care, WNAA flew to him to take him to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire so he could get the best treatment for his injury.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us this Air Ambulance Week. Thanks to you, we can keep flying our lifesaving service.

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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