1. Airlift News!

    June 30, 2014 by Tracy

    Glastonbury Festival We 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 23.6.14

    Frome - Elderly male - Cardio Vascular Event - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Holford A39 - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Bristol Southmead Hospital

    Churchinford - Male Patient - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Corfe Castle - Adult Female - RRV request - Ankle Injuries - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Coleford, Radstock - Adult Male - RRV request - Heart Attack - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Gillingham - Elderly Male - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Beaminster - Baby Male - On scene - patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shepton Mallet - Elderly Female - Intracranial Bleed - Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Glastonbury Festival - Adult Female - Spinal Injuries - Patient conveyed to Bristol Southmead Hospital

    Cricket St. Thomas - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Bristol Southmead Hospital


  2. Inter Pub Clay Shoot a Success!

    by Tracy

    Inter Pub Clay ShootOver 50 guns attended the Annual Inter Pub Clay Shoot on 14 June and once again it was deemed a tremendous success.  The event has been raising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for a number of years and with the support of Iwerne and Moorden shoots, local public, businesses and public houses, the total raised on the day way £2,900 with £500 still to come in.

    OnlookersOrganisers of the event would like to thank everyone who took part, to those who donated their time, all those who provided auction and raffle prizes which helped achieve such a great amount in aid of the life-saving charity.IMG_8970

    The event was hosted at the Antelope Inn, Hazelbury Bryan where everyone enjoyed a superb buffet and hog roast.  The A team shield was taken by The Baker Arms, Child Okeford with the Antelope collecting the B team shield and the top Flush team with an impressive 39 out of 40 clays hit.

    A big thank you to everyone for their continued support!  Well done all!

     


  3. Nominate your Air Ambulance Heroes!

    June 24, 2014 by Tracy

    Some of the DSAA crew (Paul Owen, Claire Baker, Max Hoskins, Steve Freeman and Mark Williams)-001Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is calling on the general public and those who work or volunteer within the sector to submit nominations for this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence.

    After winning last year’s Special Incident Award, the Charity is hoping that the doctors, paramedics, staff, trustees and volunteers will receive even more nominations this year and become finalists in one or more of the nine categories on offer which include:

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    Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year

    Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year

    Air Ambulance Pilot of the Year

    Air Ambulance Campaign of the Year

    Charity Staff Member of the Year

    Charity Volunteer of the Year

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Outstanding Young Person Award

    Special Incident Award

    Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “People might think it would be easy to single out individuals and teams when putting forward nominations for awards such as this.  In fact, it’s really quite difficult.  Because the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence are judged and awarded by our peers and those who know the sector so well it makes them extremely special. 

    Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence logo-001“This year, in addition to submitting nominations ourselves, we hope patients who have needed the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, the Patient receives care from Air Ambulance crewpublic who have attended our events, those who have experienced our volunteers at work and members of our staff and crew will submit nominations themselves.

    “It is not until a patient makes contact with the Charity after needing our help that we get to hear the full details of their incident and indeed find out how their recovery is going.  These awards give those people an opportunity to do this and give recognition to the crew members which came to their assistance that day.

    “Anyone can nominate an individual or team via the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) website: www.aoaa.org.uk/aaae/ 

    Incident at Lulworth Cove 2014-001These prestigious, independent awards are organised by the AAA and honour the exceptional contributions of staff and volunteers within the UK’s air ambulance community.  They are judged by a panel of experts, chaired by Guy Opperman MP.

    The finalists in each category will be invited to attend the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence gala dinner in London on 17 November where the winners will be announced.

    The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2014.  A brief review of last year’s Awards can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ3Kz2n_Sjw


  4. Airlift News!

    June 23, 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 16.6.14

    Sturminster Newton - Adult Female - Cardiac Arrest - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Dorset County Hospital - Elderly Male - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    River Brue - Child Male - Suffered a fall - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chilcompton, Radstock - Elderly Male - Suffered a Fall - Land crew request - Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    East Harptree - Adult Male - Tree fell on leg - Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Donhead St. Mary - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Bruton - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    Sherborne - Child Male - Fall from scooter - On Scene - Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chideock - Elderly Male - Suffered a fall - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Forston - Adult Female - Road Traffic Incident - Land crew request - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Timberscombe - Teenager Female - Fall from horse - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton 

     


  5. Lottery Results!

    by Tracy

    LotteryOur Flight for Life Lottery draw takes place every Friday.  The results get posted to our website automatically once the draw is made.  You can check whether you are one of the lucky winners by visiting our lottery pages or by clicking HERE.  You can also find all the information you need on how to join the Lottery by clicking HERE!  It only costs £1 a week and by joining you could be in with a chance of winning one of our cash or consolations prizes every week! 


  6. Family’s gratitude to Air Ambulance!

    by Tracy

    Cheque presentation to DSAA volunteer Colin ThomasThe family of a teenager who was airlifted by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has handed over a cheque for £2,770 to the Charity.

    The owners of Bucklegrove Holiday Park in Rodney Stoke donated the just a year after the service airlifted the son of one of the park owners to hospital.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance attended the holiday park last June after James Newton-Browne, son of park director Donna Kynaston, was involved in an accident involving grass cutting equipment.

    The 17-year-old rugby player has made a full recovery and was among the party welcoming Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteer Colin Thomas to the park on Saturday.  Colin was presented with the funds which the park had raised during Easter celebrations.  Events included games, quizzes, raffles and a host of children's activities.

    The park has been supporting the Air Ambulance for more than five years with a raft of different events staged throughout the year at Bucklegrove.  The 7.5-acre park has been owned for the past 17 years by husband and wife team, Dave and Sue Clark.

    Mrs Kynaston said, “The Air Ambulance was magnificent in its speedy response to the accident and the on-the-spot treatment provided by the medics before flying James to hospital was superb.  We have long supported the service because we know that they will always be there if ever any of our holiday guests meet with a mishap, either on the park or whilst out and about.

    "Now we have first-hand evidence of how invaluable they are in such situations.”

    This story was featured by the Cheddar Valley Gazette and can also be viewed on the website HERE.


  7. Airlift News!

    June 18, 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 9.6.14

    South Petherton - Adult Male - Suffered a Fall - On scene, patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shepton Mallet MIU - Adult Male - Neck Injury - Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Binegar, Radstock - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Wraxall, Shepton Mallet - Patient - Road Traffic Incident - RRV request - Patient conveyed to Southmead Hostpital, Bristol

    Sturminster Marshall - Adult Male - Motorbike Incident - Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    A371 Wells - Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident - Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Trigg Point, Quantocks - Adult Female - Fall from horse - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Gillingham - Teenager Male - Suffered a Fall - On scene first - patient treated at the scene

     


  8. Minister Nick Hurd “My Door is Always Open for Air Ambulances”

    June 12, 2014 by Tracy

    L to R Bill Sivewright (AAA Chairman), Nick Hurd MP (Minister for Civil Society), Guy Opperman MP (APPGAA Chairman), Clive Dickin (AAA National Director)A reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 9 June 2014.  We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet some of our local MPs and would like to thank them for taking the time to attend.

    The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Guy Opperman MP, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with senior managers of local air ambulance charities and ambulance services from across the UK, enabling them to learn more about their operations and to discuss the sector’s key issues. 

    In his opening speech, Guy explained how he needed an air ambulance when he was involved in a horse riding incident.  He explained the role of the APPGAA and encouraged the air ambulance community to continue engaging with their local MPs on matters of importance.

    Colin Thomas (DSAA Volunteer), Christopher Chope (MP for Christchurch), Tracy Bartram (DSAA Communications Manager)The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP delivered a speech which praised the work of the UK’s air ambulances that together raised £96.4 million last year through public donations and on average treat 70 patients a day by the 20 charity funded services.  He said, "Your good work must continue and as Minister for Civil Society my door is always open, either directly or by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances to contact me to resolve issues.”Colin Thomas (DSAA Volunteer), David Heath (MP for Somerton & Frome), Glenys Taylor (DSAA Trustee), Paul Owen (DSAA Clinical Support Officer)

    The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), that represents the majority of air ambulance charities, ambulance services and the supply chain throughout the UK, supported the reception for the second year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.

    Bill Sivewright, Chairman of the AAA thanked everyone for their attendance and welcomed the Minister’s comments.  He concluded by issuing a challenge to all those present:

    John Sunnucks (DSAA patient), Glenys Taylor (DSAA Trustee), John Penrose (MP for Weston Super Mare), Tracy Bartram (DSAA Communications Manager)We must rise to the challenge of ensuring that the patient remains the focus for all our efforts.  Air ambulances need to work with their local NHS trusts, leveraged through the influence of local MPs when appropriate, to ensure that the a patient journey from the point of injury or medical incident through to leaving hospital is as seamless as possible.”Representatives from Cornwall AA, Dorset and Somerset AA, Devon AA and Great Western AA

    More information on the APPGAA and the air ambulance community can be found on the AAA website by visiting: www.aoaa.org.uk


  9. Drax Arms Charity Evening – 14 June

    June 10, 2014 by Tracy

    Event PosterThe Drax Arms, West Street in Bere Regis is holding ‘A Charity Evening’ on Saturday 14th June at 7.30pm. The event includes a 3 course dinner & quiz for £15.95 per person. £2 from every meal will be donated to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. There will also be a raffle of which the proceeds will be donated to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    To view the Charity Evening Menu, please click HERE!

    For more information, please visit: www.thedraxarms.co.uk or email: thedraxarms@hotmail.com Alternatively, please call: 01929 471386


  10. It’s a family affair!

    June 4, 2014 by Tracy

    The Eckersley FamilyWe recently hosted a visit at our Henstridge Airfield for two lovely groups who wanted to present cheques to the Charity.

    The Eckersley family joined us after Suzanne Eckersley asked for donations to be given to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance rather than her receiving gifts for her 80th birthday. Family members travelled from as far afield as Canada, USA and Wales to join in the celebrations. They kindly presented us with a cheque for £500!

    Tough Mudders - Paul Jury, Sam Pershouse, Tom Giles and Ray Hall hand their cheque to Paul Owen and fundraising co-ordinator Debbie Birtwisle.Paul Jury, Sam Pershouse, Tom Giles and Ray Hall completed the Tough Mudder Challenge which takes place in West London on Saturday 26th April. So far they have raised £1,550 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and were delighted to be able to join us on the day.Birthday girl Suzanne meets Clinical Support Officer -Paul Owen and Paramedic - Claire Baker.

    Everyone had a great time, learning about the operation of the Air Ambulance and how donations were being spent. They were fortunate to spend some time with our crew after they returned from attending an incident. A big thank you from us all!

     Pictured:   The Eckersley Family;    Birthday girl Suzanne meets Clinical Support Officer - Paul Owen and Paramedic - Claire Baker;    Paul Jury, Sam Pershouse, Tom Giles and Ray Hall hand over their cheque to Paul Owen and Fundraising Co-ordinator Debbie Birtwisle.