1. Airlift News

    October 29, 2013 by Tracy

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will only issue information which has been approved by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. (SWASFT). As a result, we only disclose information on the incidents that satisfy these rules.

    Week Commencing 21.10.13

    Teenage Male – Jaw & Spinal Injuries – Trowbridge – Conveyed to RUH Bath

    Adult  Male – Cardiac Arrest – Evercreech – Conveyed to RUH Bath

    Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Axminster – Aircrew travelled in land vehicle to hospital

    Adult Male – Motorbike Incident – Rodney Stoke – Conveyed to MGPH, Taunton

    Adult Female – Cardiac problems – Blandford Camp – Conveyed to Salisbury

    Elderly Male – Heart Surgery – Dorset County Hospital – Conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Adult Female – Horse Fall – Kingston Lacey – Conveyed to DCH, Dorchester

    Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall – Winterborne Steepleton – Conveyed to DCH, Dorchester

    Elderly Female – Knocked over by horse – Henley – Conveyed to DCH (stabilised), and flown onto Southampton General Hospital

     


  2. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    October 26, 2013 by Tracy

    Fight For Life LotteryThank you for playing our Flight for Life Lottery.  We are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks draw which took place today.  

    Results Week 579 – Draw Date 25th October 2013:  Jackpot £1,000 (S Floyde, Minehead), Second Prize £250 (B Vanstone, Shepton Mallet), Third Prize £150 (JK & ME Tremain, Yeovil), Fourth Prize £125 (M Rogers, Bristol), Fifth Prize £100 (I alford, Highbridge).     

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:

    R Purchase (Yeovil), W Baker (Weston Super Mare), B Heaney (Weston Super Mare), Y Robinson (Yeovil), P Thomson (Weymouth), P F Taylor (Cheddar), B Perrin (Gillingham), V Munson (Minehead), T Fisher (Poole), L Black (Wimborne),

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!

     


  3. Youngest supporter yet?

    by Tracy

    LucasLooks like we have found one of our youngest supporters yet! 

    Seventeen week old Lucas loves looking at the pictures of the helicopter in our Beeline magazine according to his dad Colin. 

    "I thoroughly enjoy your magazine and look forward to it coming.  It's the second one I've received since joining your lottery back in the summer.  Lucas also loves it.  When  my Autumn copy came I showed him the picture of the air ambulance.  As I went to take it away he cried, so I had to show him every page cover by cover!"

    Thanks for sending the great picture Colin and for allowing us to share it.  Lucas looks like a perfect ambassador for the future!

    Our Beeline magazine can be viewed online HERE.


  4. Last Chance to Vote!

    October 25, 2013 by Tracy

    Our CrewThe closing date for votes in the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund is 1 November 2013 so that means there is only one week left to vote.   We are asking our supporters to nominate us ONLINE HERE.

    The process is really simple and does not take long at all.  After voting, you will be sent an email which allows you to confirm your vote by clicking a link!.  A big thank you to everyone who nominates us!

     

     


  5. Airlift News

    October 21, 2013 by Tracy

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind will only issue information which has been approved by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. (SWASFT). As a result, the incidents below only show those incidents we have attended that satisfy these rules.

    Week Commencing 14.10.13

    Baby Girl - Respiratory problems - Frome Leisure Centre - Conveyed to RUH Bath

    Adult  Male - Motorcycle incident - Glastonbury - Conveyed to Frenchay, Bristol

    Adult Female - Fall from horse - Seaborough - Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Elderly Female - Fall - Ilton - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Adult Male - Collapse - Alderholt Woods - Conveyed to RBGH, Bournemouth

    Adult Male - Chest Pain - First on scene - Ston Easton - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Elderly Male - Anaphylatic reaction - Swanage - Conveyed to RBGH, Bournemouth


  6. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    October 18, 2013 by Tracy

    Thank you for playing our Flight for Life Lottery.  We are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks draw which took place today.  

    Fight For Life LotteryResults Week 578 – Draw Date 18th October 2013:  Jackpot £1,000 (K&V Pugsley, Yeovil), Second Prize £250 (J Blinco, Weston Super-Mare), Third Prize £150 (S Shepherd, Swanage), Fourth Prize £125 (P Taylor, Bridport), Fifth Prize £100 (D Bartrip, Ferndown).     

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:

    J Harrison (Cheddar), M Myall (Chard), L Meader (Poole), N Donnan (Verwood), R Payne (Castle Cary), V J Gray (Cheddar), M Norris (Wellington), B Hooper (Wimborne), S J Gay (Dorchester) & L Allan-side (Poole).

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL AND THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!


  7. Wessex Group donate 50 teddy bears

    by Tracy

    Children who are flown in the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance can now cuddle teddy bears thanks to a donation from the Wessex Group.Teddies  The company, based in Shaftesbury in Dorset, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and each month is giving “50 somethings” to a good cause or charity.  Wessex Group’s sports and social club has two nominated charities it is supporting this year and the air ambulance is one of them, so it was the perfect choice for a donation.

    Mike Wood, Managing Director of Wessex Building Services (WBS), and Jackie Baker who is chairman of the sports and social club, handed over the 50 teddies at a visit to the Charity’s airbase.  Mike said, “We are very pleased to be able to support the air ambulance, which does great work on a daily basis.  It is a truly life-saving service that we should all be grateful for.”

    Jackie added, “The air ambulance and Shaftesbury Hospital are our two nominated charities this year and we hope the teddies will bring a few smiles to those in need.”

    Wessex Group is a hardy collection of companies that installs and/or maintains electrics, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, renewable energy, commercial catering equipment and fire and security systems across the south.  So far this year it has provided 50 sensory toys for a charity for children with severe learning difficulties, planted 50 yards of snowdrops in Shaftesbury, supported 50 animals at a rescue centre, donated 50 promotional packs to a dyslexia support group, given 50 high-powered LED retrofit lamps to Gold Hill museum in Shaftesbury, supported 50 owls at a sanctuary and donated 50 teddies to the air ambulance.  For more information visit: www.wessexgroup.co.uk

    Pictured: Annette Plaistow-Trapaud (DSAA fundraising co-ordinator), Mike Wood (MD of Wessex Building Service), Claire Baker (DSAA Paramedic) and Jackie Baker (Chairman of Wessex Group's sports and social club), with some of the teddy bears.


  8. New Rapid Response Vehicle for Air Ambulance

    October 15, 2013 by Tracy

    DSAA New RRVDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance took delivery of a new Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) last week.  The Skoda Octavia Scout was purchased by the Charity to replace an older model which has served the Charity for a number of years. 

    The vehicle will enhance the existing service that Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance provide by being able to respond to incidents when elements restrict the helicopter flying.  It also gives the Charity additional resources to despatch, in the need of a medical emergency which requires both helicopter and land vehicle. 

    The new RRV has ‘All Wheel Drive’ capabilities providing better road holding and handling and its off-road capabilities are exceptional.  It is equipped with the same high standards and base level of equipment that you would find on a land ambulance including: Oxygen, Response Bags, Paediatric, Burns and Asthma Kits, Defibrillator, Major Incident Triage Packs, and Traction Splints.

    The car was purchased by the Charity and converted by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) to ensure that it meets all the standards and regulations of their existing fleet of RRV’s.  

    All maintenance and safety inspections will be conducted by the SWASfT Fleet Operations team every six weeks to ensure the vehicle abides by all safety regulations and is fit for the road.  It will be based alongside the helicopter at the Charity’s Henstridge airbase.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “We have been planning the new purchase for about two years due to the age of our existing model.  Providing continuity of our service is paramount and the RRV plays an important part in allowing us to do that by bringing additional resources and expertise to the scene of an incident.  The previous RRV was needed approximately 50 times last year, mostly during the winter months but in some instances over the summer.  The new vehicle has already been put to use and is proving a valuable, necessary asset to the Charity.”


  9. This Week’s Lottery Results!

    October 11, 2013 by Tracy

    Flight for Life LotteryWe are delighted to announce the winners of this weeks Lottery Draw which took place today.  Congratulations to all the winners.

    Results Week 577 – Draw Date 11th October 2013

    Jackpot £1,000                 J Dench, Weymouth

    Second Prize £250           M & D Master, Cheddar

    Third Prize £150               I A Jones, North Petherton

    Fourth Prize £125             J Pugh, Wool

    Fifth Prize £100                 C Chatman, Burnham-on-Sea

    £10 CONSOLATION VOUCHERS have also been won by the following:

    P Robshaw

    S Marks-Cockett

    M Keenan

    C Squires

    M Poole

    E Patrick

    G Taylor

    W Thomas

    B&B Trunks

    E&G Head


  10. Odeon Dorchester Film Premiere

    by Tracy

    cloudy_with_a_chance_of_meatballs_2ODEON Dorchester are holding a charity fundraising screening of Cloudy with a side of Meatballs 2 at the cinema on Thursday 17th October to raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    The cinema has partnered with the Charity to provide a group of local residents and films fans with the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary screening of the family animation, in the cinema’s 94 seat auditorium, complete with a fully digital screen and a range of premier seats.

    Inspired by the popular children’s book, Cloudy with a side of Meatballs 2 is an animated sequel about Flint Lockwood who now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

    Ahead of the screening, guests will be greeted with a brief introduction from ODEON Dorchester’s General Manager and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in the large cafe-bar area which overlooks the Brewery Square water fountains before being shown to their seats.

    Guests will be encouraged to make donations via collection buckets circulated by the charity’s volunteers.

    Tina Viksna, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager said, “We were thrilled when ODEON came to us offering this opportunity. We are really looking forward the premiere screening and would like to say thank everyone who makes a donation in advance.”

    Alan Escott, General Manager at ODEON Dorchester, added: “We are so pleased to be able to host this event for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. We know it’s a charity which is close to people’s hearts and we wanted to recognise their commendable services with a fun evening.

    “The screening is completely free and we hope guests enjoy the exclusive premiere in the knowledge they are also supporting a fantastic local charity.”


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