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MISSION CRITICAL: 28th Nov – 4th Dec

Our crews have had another busy week with our air ambulances being called out 34 times across the five counties on our patch.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the incidents Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have been dealing with over the last week.

Road traffic collisions (RTC) made up 35% of the total of air ambulance missions for the two crews which is fairly typical of this time of year.

On Sunday, DLRAA was called to Oakham in Rutland after a report of a pedestrian being struck by a car. We landed in a nearby field and treated the female patient before flying her to hospital.

On Wednesday, we attended a collision involving a taxi and a car in south Derbyshire in which four people were injured. WNAA was called to a RTC on Wednesday in Northamptonshire after two people were injured in a two car collision.

Medical emergencies, including things like cardiac arrests, made up 26 % of missions last week.

Missions that could not be categorised made up 18%, falls 12% and sports related call outs made up 9%. These included a mission on Tuesday in which we were called to Warwick when a woman in her 60s fell from a horse suffering a head injury. We were also called to a quadbike fall in Northants on Sunday in which a man suffered a pelvic injury.

On Saturday, a man fell and injured an ankle while out walking in Derbyshire and had to be flown to hospital.


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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