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Airborne lifesaver in hundreds of missions

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Airborne lifesaver in hundreds of missions
One of the paramedics with the two air ambulances

A Newquay-based emergency helicopter service flew 387 missions in the first six months of 2017, new figures have revealed.

Cornwall Air Ambulance, which relies on donations to keep flying, has released its mission statistics for January to June 2017, to show the people of Cornwall and beyond the difference their support has made in the first half of the year.

The charity attended 201 medical incidents and dealt with 180 trauma-related injuries. A total of 108 missions involved people suffering from cardiac problems and 42 were to neurological emergencies. The crew responded to 999 calls for help from 57 people who had suffered serious trips or falls and attended 56 road traffic incidents.

The crew also went to the aid of 23 people who had suffered injuries while playing sport, including eight horse riding incidents.

The Cornwall Air Ambulance MD02 Explorer helicopter takes an average of 12 minutes to fly to someone in urgent need of medical care anywhere on mainland Cornwall and around 30 minutes to get to the Isles of Scilly. There were 15 missions flown to the Scillies from January to June 2017.

Some 50 of the 387 missions carried out in the first six months of this year were to emergencies involving babies, children and teenagers. There were 66 missions carried out in the Cornwall Air Ambulance critical care cars, which are used when bad weather, such as high winds and fog, make it impossible to fly.

Paula Martin, Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “It was a busy first six months of the year for Cornwall Air Ambulance and, if the missions continue at this rate, we are on course to surpass last year’s total of 774. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

“Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care. For them, the sound of the air ambulance arriving truly is a lifeline.

“But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county. I would urge people to go to the Cornwall Air Ambulance website and use the new direct debit service to give whatever they can each month to keep their ambulance flying and saving lives.”

Visit cornwallairambulancetrust.org and hit the donate button to sign up to support Cornwall Air Ambulance by direct debit.

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

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