Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to two road traffic collisions at opposite ends of Lincolnshire yesterday (25th February).
In the morning, they had received a call about a cyclist who had been struck from behind by a car on a busy country road in Burton Upon Stather, North Lincolnshire.
As the nearest available air ambulance, DLRAA were tasked to the incident to provide a swift transfer to the nearest trauma centre. The crew landed in a field adjacent to the road at approximately 09.07am.
The patient, a 65-year-old man, had sustained head injuries in the collision.
He was carefully immobilised before being airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary, for further treatment.
The crew landed at the hospital at approximately 09.45am.
At 11.34am, the same crew were called out to an injured motorcyclist just outside of Skegness.
The patient, a 20-year old woman, sustained serious leg injuries after her moped collided with a 4x4.
Land crew from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) again requested the use of DLRAA’s state-of-the-art helicopter to fly her to the same trauma centre.
The patient had been transferred by land ambulance to a suitable landing site in Burgh Le Heath, where the helicopter landed at approximately 12.04pm.
On their arrival, the team from DLRAA administered advanced pain relief and applied a traction splint to her leg.
She was then immobilised and flown to Hull Royal Infirmary, where the crew landed just before 12.45pm.
The current condition of both patients is unknown.
DLRAA believe that their patients should be able to reach specialist treatment no matter where the incident happens.
The sooner they reach the most relevant hospital for their injuries the greater their chance of survival and recovery.