2 horse-riders airlifted in busy day

2 horse-riders airlifted in busy day

Every year our crew undertakes around 1,000 potentially life-saving missions, which averages 3 a day, but last week our crew undertook a total of FIVE missions, including airlifting two patients to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, in ONE day!

Our on-board crew were Pilot Captain Tim Taylor, Co-pilot Anna Loake, Paramedics Rich Irwin and Chris Cole, and Doctor Dave Cookson.

Here we take a closer look at their day…

The first call came in just after 9.30am to a suspected cardiac arrest in Newark. When suffering a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival reduces with every passing minute, so our crew knew time was a vital factor in this case. They arrived in just 8 minutes – a journey that by land could have taken up to 35 minutes. They assisted a land ambulance crew in treating the patient before returning to base just after 10.30am.

There was no time to spare as the next call came in just a few minutes later. This time to a horse riding accident in Uffington, near Stamford. Our crew immediately sprang into action again and arrived at the scene in 13 minutes. The patient had suffered a serious head injury, so our crew airlifted him to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for specialist treatment. They returned to base just after 1pm.

They had just 30 minutes to de-brief the morning’s activities, replenish their medical kit and grab a much-needed cup of tea before the third call of the day came in. The call was to another horse riding accident, this time at Caenby Corner in the Lincolnshire Wolds. They arrived in just 8 minutes. Again, the patient was suffering from a serious head injury, so the crew airlifted her to the Queen’s Medical Centre. They arrived back at base just after 4pm.

At 5.25pm our Paramedics and Dr Cookson responded to road traffic collision in Collingham, near Newark, in our rapid response vehicle, where they assisted a land crew, returning to base just after 8.30pm. So far this year RTCs have accounted for 39% of the incidents our crew have responded to.

The fifth mission of the day was a vital crew night training flight to Martin in Lincolnshire.

After what turned out to be a very busy day our Ambucopter was put away in the hangar, ready to start again the next morning!

This was a very busy day for our crew. The speed at which the aircraft can get to patients means that we can deliver specialist crew to the scene and start medical intervention faster than ever before. This speed also means that, once stable, we can transfer patients directly to the most suitable hospital or Major Trauma Centre for their needs. This, together with the advanced pre-hospital critical care that our on-board Paramedics and Doctors can provide to patients, gives them the best chance of survival possible.