Air ambulance medics helped 551 people

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LIFE-SAVING medics with the air ambulance flew to the aid of 551 people in the last year.

Roads crashes accounted for more than half of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s (WNAA) call-outs to the county.

The helicopter paramedics attended a total of 291 incidents on the county’s roads and motorways.

The second biggest cause of call-outs was equestrian incidents, which accounted for 55 missions.

Horse riding accidents often happen in rural areas with difficult road access and can involve neck and back injuries.

The WNAA helicopter can get to such cases easier than a traditional ambulance and as it flies the patient’s spine is less likely to be jolted than if they were being transported by road.

The third biggest cause of call-outs was falls, which led to 36 incidents.

During the course of the year the air ambulance was called out to 34 incidents involving sports injuries and 13 missions involved industrial accidents.

The service had flown a total of 1,170 missions in all the areas it covers since the start of 2010 up to December 15.

Tracy Grunwell, the WNAA’s fundraising manager for Northamptonshire, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in some way this year.

“Whether they have held a fundraiser, taken part in our Heroes Run or donated goods through the collection bags, everyone is playing their part in keeping our service operational.”