Demand for air ambulance services increases in UK

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Rich Miller, critical care paramedic and clinical services and ground base manager, pilot Rob Backus and trainee critical care paramedic Craig Wilkins on the helipad at the charity’s airbase at Semington.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has revealed how often it was called out to different parts of the county in 2018, as its total missions rose by 26 per cent. Overall, the total number of missions undertaken in 2018 by Wiltshire Air Ambulance were 1,103, up by 228 on the previous year. The charity’s helicopter flew 494 missions while its paramedics responded to 609 incidents in Rapid Response Vehicles (cars). The largest number of call outs were to cardiac emergencies, 248 - almost one in four of the total incidents - while 220 - one in five incidents - were to road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents - 109 - involved children. In addition the team were called to 62 sporting accidents with almost half, 28, involving horse riders.

The demand for the skills of the charity’s critical care team resulted in increased numbers of call outs to the Swindon, Melksham, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Warminster, Calne, Westbury, Malmesbury, Bradford-on-Avon and Corsham areas.

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