Dorset and Somerset Ambulance Flies 10,000th Mission
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance helicopter service completed its 10,000th mission since established in year 2000
Dorset and Somerset Ambulance, May 29, 2014 - Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced this afternoon that it had carried out its 10,000th mission.
The Charity’s EC135 helicopter, Pilot Max Hoskins, Paramedic Mark Williams and Consultant Doctor Ian Mews attended the incident which took place in the Shaftesbury area at 13.45 pm today.
The patient was taking part in a cross country horse riding event with her youngest sister when she suffered a fall. She was treated at the scene before being airlifted at 14.25 pm, arriving at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester at 14.48 pm.
After arriving at hospital, the patient underwent further tests and x-rays. Fortunately the results showed that she had not broken any bones and did not suffer any other serious injuries to her back, neck or hips and was discharged from hospital later in the day.
Later she called the Charity with an update and said, “We are really grateful to the Air Ambulance for all their help and are so pleased that all is going to be OK. She has now left hospital with some pain relief medication and hopefully will feel better soon.”
Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “Every one of the missions we fly is the result of somebody suffering a potentially life-threatening injury or accident and it is not a number that we celebrate. It simply demonstrates the need for an Air Ambulance that services the counties of Dorset and Somerset.
“During the past year and with generous support from the public, we have been able to purchase new items of equipment which has not only improved our normal Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), but has also enhanced our patient transfer capability and in turn has given patients the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
“We would like express our thanks to everyone who supports the Charity and hope they feel as proud as we are, to be making such a difference to so many people’s lives.”
In 2013 alone the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance attended 608 incidents of which 304 took place in Somerset and 238 in Dorset. The outstanding number took place on the borders of neighbouring counties: Devon, North Somerset and Wiltshire.
Of the incidents attended two hundred and seventy three (273) patients had injuries of a medical nature, one hundred and thirty three (133), people were involved in road traffic incidents, one hundred and twelve (112) patients were treated with trauma symptoms and eighty five (85) patients needed assistance after suffering an injury during a sporting or leisure activity. Four (4) patients needed treatment at a more specialist hospital which required an air ambulance transfer and one (1) patient was involved in an Industrial incident.