As the arctic weather conditions continued to affect our region on Thursday, March 1, our helicopter proved to be a fantastic all terrain aircraft. Despite the snow and blizzards our crew responded to two potentially life-threatening incidents– airlifting seriously ill patients to hospital in both cases. And today, Friday, March 2, it is again ‘business as usual’ for our life-saving crew.
With Lincolnshire severely affected by snow yesterday and many roads impassable, our helicopter, which is unaffected by road conditions, was dispatched twice.
The first mission was at 1pm to a medical emergency in Cresswell. The patient, a woman in her 80s, was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital. Our crew were then immediately dispatched to their next incident – a man in his 30s suffering a cardiac arrest in Horncastle. With the roads around Horncastle impassable, our helicopter was able to airlift the patient to Lincoln County Hospital’s specialist Heart Centre.
Chief Executive Officer, Karen Jobling, said: “On days like yesterday when roads were simply not passable due to extreme weather conditions, the only option in a rural life-threatening emergency is our helicopter. We really can be the difference between a seriously ill or injured patient getting to hospital or not. The skill of our pilots made this possible, despite atrocious weather conditions.
“We also have the unique benefit of being able to deliver the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene, including a doctor, paramedics and blood, giving the most serious of patients that we respond to the very best chance of survival possible.”
Many people are not aware that the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is not Government funded and is not part of the NHS. We can only continue to respond and save lives with the support of local people, organisations and businesses who so generously donate to our Charity.
Later this year we will start to fly 24 hours a day which means we will need to raise £4million a year to continue to save lives 365 days of the year, in all weather conditions.
We can only continue to do this with your help! Please donate today donate today and help us to save lives in your communities for years to come.