1. National Air Ambulance Week is a Flying Success!

    September 30, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Ambulance1National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) took place last week.  In a bid to raise awareness of the work we do within the community, our EC135 helicopter and crew flew-in to locations across the two counties and gave locals the opportunity to meet our team.

    Staff, volunteers and the Charity’s mascot ‘Dasher’ attended the events which were subject to operational commitments on the day.

    On Tuesday, the first of the scheduled fly-ins went ahead as planned. Pupils from St. Dunstan’s school in Glastonbury erupted with cheer as soon as the helicopter was in sight and the crew were greeted to an amazing reception when they landed. Staff, students and members of the public were able to meet the crew who were on hand to answer questions and show some of the equipment used when attending an incident.

    Unfortunately on Wednesday, the planned fly-in to Kingston Maurward College had to be cancelled due to operational commitments.  The crew were called to an incident just as the helicopter was preparing to land which was disappointing for those awaiting the arrival, however everyone totally understood that our main priority is to those in need.

    DSC00534Thursday saw a visit by our team to Minehead Middle School whose pupils had a hands-on demonstration of equipment.  Some experienced being lifted on a stretcher and others had the chance to try on a paramedic’s helmet.  The school gave the crew a sensational send off by waving, clapping and cheering as they departed.

    Finally, on Friday we paid a visit to Hengistbury Head in Christchurch.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout by members of the public was fantastic.  ‘Dasher’ was once again in appearance, to the delight of the children (and adults too for that matter), who jumped at the opportunity to have their photograph taken with him.

    We would like to thank everyone who supported Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance during NAAW.   Whether you attended one of our fly-ins, made a donation, raised money thorough collections or supported us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, your support is greatly appreciated.

    Our thanks go to all those who hosted these events, our volunteers who came out in force and to the marshals who helped make them a safe and enjoyable occasion.

    A selection of photographs and videos taken during the week can be viewed by clicking here.


  2. Lottery Results!

    September 28, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations to the winners of last week’s Flight for Life Lottery!

    Our 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!


  3. Further Award Shortlists for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

    September 22, 2015 by Tracy

    AAAE LOGODorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that it is represented in four categories at this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, which honour the contributions of staff and volunteers in the UK air ambulance community.

    The shortlisted nominees were announced on Monday 21 September by the Association of Air Ambulances and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held on 16 November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

    Dr. Ian MewDoctor Ian Mew has been shortlisted in the Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year category.  Ian is a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Director of Major Trauma at Dorset County Hospital.  He has been part of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team for over two years, and was recruited as one of the flying faculty of doctors who provide mentoring to the paramedics, as part of their MSc Advanced Paramedic Practice (Critical Care) Education Programme.

    Ian is the Clinical Lead for Dorset Police and also a keen motorcyclist. He is passionate about the primary prevention of Trauma and is actively involved with the national police-led scheme ‘BikeSafe’ which aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on the roadside.  He is also an advocate of simulated training exercises and although they are extremely rare within the NHS today, he initiated a live multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, paediatric major trauma simulation at Dorset County Hospital earlier this year.   The training exercise took place in the Paediatric Resus Bay of the hospital’s Emergency Department and utilised on-call staff, in a real-life setting, using a paediatric manikin and ICT systems as they would be used in a real life patient scenario.

    Ian has taken the lead on developing and instituting the governance infrastructure which will enable Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to carry and deliver blood products in the very near future.  He brings passion and expertise to so many different avenues within the community; whether working in theatre, flying on air ambulance missions or delivering his workshops; his boundless enthusiasm for pre-hospital care is a driving force for positive change in the South West of England and provides an example to UK clinicians.   In July 2015, he was one of 12 people to receive the Jubilee Award for Service.  This award recognises those who work within the public sector who go above and beyond their remit by dedicating their working life to helping others or making a significant contribution to the lives of others.

    Paul OwenPaul Owen is shortlisted in the Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year category.  Employed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT); Paul has worked on the air ambulance for over eleven years.  During this time he has championed and delivered many major initiatives.   Keen to explore every facet of pre-hospital medicine, Paul is continually looking for the next opportunity to advance.  He played a significant role in the change of practice with regards to the use of Ketamine by SWASfT paramedics and is now facilitating the rollout of Ketamine further afield.

    Paul’s contribution to the air ambulance sector is far reaching.  He has written numerous SOPs and best practice documents on procedures such as: surgical airways, finger thoracotomies’ and the post cardiac arrest use of adrenaline, all of which are setting standards across the board.  He has worked tirelessly to brParamedic Traininging Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to the forefront of HEMS operations in the UK.  He leads by example at all times and has a passion and drive which places the patient at the centre of operations at all times.

    Further recognition is given to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for the initiation, development and delivery of a unique Post Graduate Education Programme for their paramedics.  Funded entirely by the Charity and run in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and senior doctors and consultants from local hospitals; the initiative was also shortlisted for the 2015 HSJ Awards earlier in September and is shortlisted once again within the ‘Air Ambulance Innovation’ category.

    Coast to Coast Cycle ChallengeFinally, the Charity’s brilliant Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge becomes a shortlist for the ‘Air Ambulance Campaign of the Year’.  Created as a Challenge and not a Race, the event has gone from strength to strength, generating in excess of £272,000 for the Charity.  With only 600 places available, demand is always high; in 2015, it sold out within six days of online registration being open.  The level of community engagement involved with the planning and delivery of the event is unabridged, as is the commitment and determination of the small team from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance who strive to make every year better than the last.

    The independent judging panel met on 15 September and considered all entries made across the ten categories. The number of entries was up 25% on the previous year and the quality was higher than ever.

    Chloe Smith MP, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “The level of expertise and dedication of the people working in the air ambulance sector is extraordinary and these Awards are a wonderful way of showcasing their work. This year’s Awards entries were truly outstanding and contained stories of individual bravery, determination and brilliance, as well as outstanding teamwork, skill and vision, so it was a very difficult task to choose the shortlists. Each and every nominee is clearly an exceptional individual or team, and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work. With great difficulty, we have narrowed down the field and now look forward to the winners being announced in November.”

    Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said: “To be shortlisted for one Air Ambulance Award of Excellence is a great achievement, but to be represented in four categories is outstanding. This highlights the fantastic work of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance team across all areas and we are delighted that these individuals and initiatives have once again been recognised at a national level.”

    A full list of categories and all those shortlisted as finalists can be viewed by visiting the Association of Air Ambulances website HERE.

    More information on Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance can be found at: www.dsairambulance.org.uk


  4. Lottery Results!

    September 21, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    Congratulations to the winners of last Lotteryweek’s Flight for Life Lottery!

    Our 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!


  5. DSAA shortlisted for prestigious HSJ Award

    September 17, 2015 by Tracy

    HSJ-Awards-2015--finalist-logoDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been shortlisted as a finalist at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, in partnership with Celesio.

    The HSJ Awards is the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector.  The awards were created in 1981 to recognise on a national platform, the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation. By shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, the awards give impetus to improving the quality of health care in the UK.

    This year, over 600 organisations submitted over 1600 entries. Those shortlisted will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector.  These include:

    • Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
    • Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, NHS England
    • Ursula Ward, CEO, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust
    • David Haslam, Chair, NICE
    • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, MacMillan Cancer Support
    • Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
    • Gill Morgan, Chair, Foundation Trust Network

    TrainingDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been recognised for the initiation, development and delivery of a unique Post Graduate Education Programme for their paramedics.  Funded entirely by the Charity and run in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and senior doctors and consultants from local hospitals; the initiative sees the Charity become a finalist in the ‘Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development’ category.

    Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “The NHS is experiencing one of the toughest periods in its 67 year history, with demand and expectation rising and funding in short supply. The fact that the HSJ Awards has seen the biggest ever increase in entries shows the service remains undaunted in its mission to provide world beating patient care."

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as finalists in this particular category and at a national level.  Training and Education forms a cornerstone of the Charity’s vision for the pursuit of clinical excellence.  We feel that the future benefit for our patients, is best served by investing directly in those charged with the delivering the clinical care.Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

    “The unique element of this programme is the fact that the education and training is delivered on-site at the Charity’s airbase and not in the University classroom. Through this mechanism we have now established a group of highly enthusiastic paramedics and doctors who help deliver the training both at the airbase, on the helicopter and within their own trusts.

    “Our aim was to motivate the paramedics and other stakeholders in our pursuit for clinical excellence. The project was ambitious and took ingenious planning.  We identified the needs of our patients given the change in the healthcare landscape and instead of embarking on an already established University course; we created something totally unique, of which we are extremely proud.”

    The HSJ Awards will be presented in front of an audience of more than 1700 senior healthcare leaders on 18 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

    For more information on all those shortlisted for the 2015 HSJ Awards, please visit their website by clicking here.

     


  6. Meet our crew during National Air Ambulance Week

    September 11, 2015 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be flying into locations across the two counties as part of an awareness campaign during National Air Ambulance Week.

    National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) takes between 21 – 27 September and is an initiative put together by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) which unites not only air ambulance charities from across the country, but also ambulance services and operators.

    Subject to operational requirements, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance EC135 yellow helicopter and crew, will land at two publically accessible locations during the week, in an aim to raise awareness of the work they do.

    Locals will be given the chance to meet the crew and explore the helicopter.  The pilot and critical care team will be on hand to answer questions from members of the public.

    From the airTracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “National Air Ambulance Week is now a firm fixture on many people’s event calendars.  It is a time when air ambulance charities across the UK come together in a bid to raise awareness of the service we provide to local communities.

    “Many people see or experience the work of the air ambulance when it is attending an incident, therefore they do not have the opportunity to talk with our team or see the helicopter up close.  The scheduled fly-ins are aimed at doing just that and we hope that people will take the time to come and meet our team.

    “Our priorities obviously remain to helping those in need.  This is why the scheduled fly-ins are subject to any operational commitments that we might have on the day.”

    The fly-in locations are scheduled as follows:

    SOMERSET

    Tuesday 22nd September (11.00 am) -  St. Dunstan’s School, Wells Road, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9BY

    DORSET

    Friday 25th September (11.00 am) - Hengistbury Head, (Main Green, near Hiker Café), Broadway, Bournemouth BH6 4EN

    If you would like to show Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance your support during National Air Ambulance Week you can donate online via: www.dsairambulance.org.uk/donate or by texting from a mobile phone: DSAA02 £5 to 70070. 

    Alternatively you can donate by Cheque; please make it payable to ‘Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’ and post to:  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Landacre House, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, TA21 9JQ and state: ‘NAAW’ on the reverse.


  7. Lottery Results!

    by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations to the winners of this week’s Flight for Life Lottery!

    Our 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!


  8. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    by Lara Lucas

    For events postDon’t forget to check out our online events calendar for events taking place over the next couple of weeks that are either in aid of the charity, or that we are attending with a stall!

    There are more than likely to be events taking place across Dorset and Somerset which we are unaware of. If you are organising an event in aid of us, please contact the office on 01823 669604 and we will be happy to help you promote this.

    To view all events on our online events calendar, click here.


  9. Airlift News!

    September 10, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    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.

    From 17.08.15 – 05.09.15

    Monkton – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Cowgrove – Adult Male – Head and Back Injury – RRV Request – Patient and Air Ambulance Doctor conveyed by land vehicle to Poole General Hospital

    Evercreech – Adult Male – Chest Injury – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Triscombe – Adult Female – Bike Incident – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Boscombe – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Cannington – Road Traffic Incident – Patient Treated On Scene

    Street – Adult Female – Chest Pain – First On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Langton Matravers – Adult Female – Ankle Injury – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Gillingham – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    South Petherton – Road Traffic Incident – Multiple Patients –Treated at Scene

    Charlton Horethorne – Teenage Female – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV On Scene – Patient conveyed by road to hospital

    Marston – Adult Male - Anaphylactic Reaction – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Sturminster Newton – Teenage Female – Collapse – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by road to Yeovil District Hospital

    Westcombe – Child Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Dunkeswell – Adult Female – Parachute Incident – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    Winfrith Newburgh – Adult Female – Horse Cart Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Chilworthy – Toddler Male – Incident with Gate – Patient Treated On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Treborough Common - Teenage Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Dorchester – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Swanage – Child Male – Allergic Reaction – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Hazelbury – Adult Female - Possible Collapse – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Higher Wraxall – Elderly Female – Suffered a Fall – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Glastonbury – Adult Female – Collapse – Access Issues – RRV Request – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Drimpton – Adult Male - Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Priddy – Child Female – Bike Incident - Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Godmanstone - Adult Male – Cycling Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

     

     


  10. Dave Covill Memorial Skittles Cup

    September 9, 2015 by Lara Lucas

     

    Dave CovillThe Rotary Club of Frome held the Dave Covill Memorial Skittles Challenge Cup and raised £900 for the Charity.

    Dave sadly passed away in May 2014; he was a worthy Rotarian and sportsman. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance received donations from Dave’s funeral at the time, which totalled £4,600.

    The Skittles Challenge was held in Dave’s memory and ran over a four month period. It culminated in a presentation dinner held at Frome Town Football Club where Dave’s wife Yvonne presented the winner’s cup to Dot Cretney.

    Yvonne was accompanied by Rotarian Terry Hulbert at a visit to our airbase where they kindly presented the funds raised to members of our team. Our thanks go to everyone involved!


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