1. Critical Reference Guide to be distributed to Westminster

    January 29, 2014 by Tracy

    Framework 2013The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) will deliver its newly revised Framework for a High Performing Air Ambulance Service to Government Ministers and a number of influential MP’s in the last week of January.

    The 50-page document will be distributed to the specific ministers and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) and replaces its predecessor which was published back in 2008.  It provides a detailed overview through which Air Ambulance Services and the NHS Ambulance Trusts / Foundations can further develop and deliver a high-performing, consistent, patient-focused critical care service.

    Members of the AAA participated extensively in the Framework’s content by sharing critical core areas of competence and best practice. 

    The new publication updates all information covered in the 2008 publication and gives a detailed overview of the following key areas:  Pre-Hospital Care, Background to the Air Ambulance Sector, Trustee and Governance Models, Clinical Standards and Governance, Operational Management, Dispatch, Staff and Training and provides a number of conclusions.

    The Framework does not advocate a specific model, but instead recognises the need for services tailored to meet the demands of the varying local care environments.  It has been developed and produced with the express purpose of improving patient outcomes and recognises the importance of Critical Care, Major Trauma Networks and other specialist care pathways such as dedicated Burns Networks.

    The process of continual improvement through collaboration is key to the on-going success of air ambulances.  The Association encourages all air ambulances and ambulance services to be cognisant of this document.


  2. Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge Fully Booked!

    January 27, 2014 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that their 4th annual Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge is now fully bookedC2C Logo Colour for 2014.

    The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 18th May 2014. 

    With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, it was no surprise that within three weeks of the Charity announcing on-line registration open, all places had been filled.

    The start of C2C at Watchet Harbour (2)Last year’s event saw cyclists of all ages and abilities take part, raising over £60,000 for the life-saving Charity. 

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone. 

    The brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.  A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “Our Coast to Coast Cyclists supports with flagCycle Challenge is currently the only fundraising event we organise in-house.  We restrict the numbers to 600 cyclists in order to keep the event as safe as possible but also to encourage all standards of cyclists to take part without fear of being overcrowded. 

    “We are really looking forward to this year's event and hope that everyone who has entered will encourage their family and friends to sponsor them in a bid to raise as much as possible and make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    As well as sponsorship of the cyclists, the Charity has set up two other ways in which donations can be made in support of the event.  These can be made online via the Charity’s website: www.dsairambulance.org.uk or by mobile phone by texting: COAS04 £10 to 70070


  3. Vintage Tractors and Isleport Rally Group

    January 24, 2014 by Tracy

    Isleport Rally GroupThe Isleport Rally Group hosted the Isleport Steam & Vintage Show last summer and raised £450 for the Charity on the day.  A further £550 was handed over during a visit to our Henstridge airbase last weekend as the group wanted to make the funds up to £1,000.  Not only did they bring along the cheque, to our delight they came with one of their vintage tractors too!


  4. QEFMG rides for Charity!

    by Tracy

    QEFMG donate fundsThe Quantock & Exmoor Family Motorcycle Group (QEFMG) held their 2nd anniversary dinner on Saturday January 11, where they presented us with a kind donation of £300. Further events are being planned throughout 2014.  All rides arranged are raising money for the Charity.  More information on the group and the respective ride dates can be found by visiting: www.qefmotorcyclegroup.co.uk or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/qefmotorcyclegroup

     

     

     


  5. Surprise Party raises £200

    by Tracy

    Presentation at airbaseWe were delighted to welcome a lovely family to our airbase last weekend.  Joshua and Emily Hunt wanted to arrange a surprise retirement part for their granddad Maurice.  After having a lovely time, donations in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were made and everyone managed to raise £200.  Pictured (left to right) is: Clinical Support Officer Paul Owen, Maurice Maynard, Thomas Hunt, Lorraine Hunt, Joshua Hunt, Emily Hunt, Jean Maynard and Pilot Phil Merritt.

    A big thank you from us all!

     


  6. Lottery Winners!

    January 20, 2014 by Tracy

    Mrs  WilksMany congratulations to Mrs Win Wilkes from Verwood who became one of our Flight for Life Lottery Jackpot winners over the Christmas period!  Win and her daughter Pam wrote to us explaining that she had never won anything before!  After hearing a talk at her local WI she signed up to show her support.  Win celebrated her 90th birthday last March and is pictured with her great grandson William and her new granddaughter Poppy!

    Every Friday, a list of winners are uploaded to our website.  If you are one of the people who support us in this way, why not take a look and check if you have been lucky HERE. 


  7. Airlift News

    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 13.1.14

    Burnham-on-Sea - Adult Male - Suffered a fall - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital

    Street - Elderly Female - Collapse - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital 

    Seaborough - Adult Male - Fall from Horse - Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Lower Bryanston - Adult Female - Fall from horse - Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Hatch Beauchamp - Adult Male - Industrial Incident - Arm Trapped - Conveyed to Frenchay Hospital

    Marnhull - Adult Male - Chest pain - Patient treated - Conveyed to hospital by land vehicle

    Wells - Male Child - Incident with Cow - Patient treated- Conveyed to hospital by land vehicle


  8. Our Thoughts and Best Wishes

    January 13, 2014 by Tracy

    Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance vice-patron Jenson Button and his family after we heard  the sad news of the death of Jenson's father, John, this evening.  McLaren, amongst many others have paid their respects.  More information can be found here:  http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/inside-the-mtc/mclaren-pays-its-respects-to-john-button/ 

     


  9. Airlift News

    January 8, 2014 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 30.12.13

    Adult Male - Suffered a fall - Burton Bradstock - Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital

    Adult Female - Dislocated knee - Shillingford - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital 

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

    Patient - Road Traffic Incident - Entrapment - Isle of Wight - Conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Elderly Male - Cardiac problems - Crewkerne - Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital


  10. Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2014 – Online registration Open

    January 6, 2014 by Tracy

    C2C Poster May 2014Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are encouraging supporters to sign up early for their Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Challenge 2014 after an overwhelming response last year.

    The event, which is not designed as a race involves cycling through some of Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside and takes place on Sunday 18th May 2014. 

    With only 600 places available and demand expected to be high, anyone wishing to enter should complete the on-line registration as early as possible to avoid any disappointment. 

    The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances.  For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint. 

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone!  For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay. 

    Last year the event was a sell-out and cyclists of all ages and abilities raised over £60,000 for the life-saving charity. View some of the pictures of last years event here.

    steve chapmanThere were many stories of courage, determination and personal achievement including young Adam Sherring who cycled the 54 mile route on a tricycle after learning to ride only two years previously.

    Steve Chapman was airlifted by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance after being involved in a paragliding incident.  He was sent into a 60 foot spiral dive into a nearby hillside and broke his leg, ribs and fractured his jaw.  Steve said, “Incredibly it only took 28 minutes from the point that I hit the ground, to the moment I was wheeled into A&E on the day of my incident.  I vowed never to forget the staggeringly efficient service and to support the air ambulance in any way I can.  That’s why I took part in last years’ event.

    “I completed it with my two team mates and have the medal to prove it.  It was a great route with awesome scenery and much camaraderie. We took it pretty easy and stopped at all but one pit-stop to over-indulge on cakes, biscuits and bananas.  We didn't really need to; we just wanted to!  It was an incredible day.”

    Starting Point at Watchet HarbourTeam entries increased on previous years with groups of people from ambulance stations, cycling and spinning clubs, companies and teams of family and friends all coming together to raise funds.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “Our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is currently the only fundraising event we organise in-house.  Each year we listen to the event feedback and try to build on the success of the previous year. A number of eager supporters spotted that our online registration went live just before Christmas and we are pleased to say that we have made a great start to entries.  As we have done previously, we are restricting our numbers to 600 cyclists.  This is in order to keep the event as safe as possible but also to encourage all standards of cyclists to take part without fear of being overcrowded. 

    “We are really looking forward to this years’ event and hope that everyone that enters will once again encourage their family and friends to sponsor them in a bid to make this the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet.”

    GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE BY COMPLETING OUR ON-LINE REGISTRATION TODAY!


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