1. John Wells Classic Bike Run raises £1,400!

    November 30, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    bike runThe John Wells Classic Bike Run has been running for 19 years. The event was formed after John was involved in a serious road incident on the M4 in the late 1990’s and was airlifted to hospital with less than a 10 per cent chance of survival.  He defied the odds and pulled through.

    John’s parents, Helen and Robin together with his sister Sarah Gray organise the event with help from many other family and friends. Over 100 motorcycle enthusiasts take part and ride the brilliant 80 mile route which sets off from Bridport. The day is a great occasion for everyone involved and includes morning refreshments, a raffle and tasty BBQ at a local pub.

    When the event first began, proceeds were donated to Poole General Hospital as they helped John with his recovery. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was formed in 2000 and it was then that the family decided that they wanted the event to raise funds for the Charity which could be needed at any time within their local community.

    Over the years, the event has raised between £750 - £1,500 per year; with this year’s event generating £1,400. What wonderful support, for which we are very grateful.


  2. Airlift News!

    November 20, 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 02.11.15 – 15.11.15

    Henstridge – Adult Male – Asthma Attack – D&S RRV - Patient Treated On Scene

    Christchurch – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Ferndown – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Motcombe – 3 Patients – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV – On Scene First – Patients Treated On Scene

    Lyme Regis – Toddler Female – Suffered a Fall – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Stabbing – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Blandford Forum – Road Traffic Incident – Aircraft and D&S RRV – Doctor and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Street – Baby Female – Suffered Burns – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Shillingstone – Teenage Female – Fitting – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Guys Marsh – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – D&S RRV – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Portland – Elderly Male - Car vs Garage – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Sturminster Newton – Child Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient Treated On Scene

    South Petherton – Teenage Male – Cardiac Arrest – Aircrew and patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Frome – Teenage Female – Head Injury – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Street – Adult Male - Cerebral Event - RRV Request – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

     

     

     


  3. DSAA Wins Prestigious HSJ Award

    November 19, 2015 by Tracy

    HSJAwards2015_WINNERDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance came out winners at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards last night.

    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. Over 600 organisations submitted over 1600 entries this year.

    Back in September, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was 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 saw the Charity become a finalist in the ‘Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development’ category.

    Subsequently, all finalists completed presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector during October; the results of which were announced last night at an awards ceremony in London.

    The judging panel were impressed by how the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance project was funded and felt it was a great example of how stakeholder involvement is key to succeed in a true collaboration. The presentation used clear evidence to demonstrate its impressive outcomes.

    DSAA team collecting their HSJ AwardAfter walking away with the top prize, Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said:

    “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award.  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 delivering the clinical care.

     “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 at the airbase, on the helicopter and within their own trusts.

    “It is particularly satisfying that the judges recognised our collaborative approach and the extensive stakeholder involvement. This has helped foster regional clinical relationships that we believe provides significant patient benefit. We are most grateful to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Hertfordshire for their commitment to the creation of this unique program. We must also thank our supporters, without whom we would never have been able to contemplate such an ambitious project.”

    More information on the HSJ Awards and a list of this year’s winners can be found by visiting:  https://awards.hsj.co.uk/winners-2015


  4. Lottery Results!

    November 13, 2015 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!


  5. Porsche Car Club Vroom Vroom to Henstridge

    November 11, 2015 by Lara Lucas

    04-DSAA-24May15Members of the South West Region (R15) Porsche Club visited Henstridge Airfield recently to present a cheque for their latest fundraising efforts. Critical Care Paramedics Michelle Walker and Mark Williams were on hand to explain how their skills prepare them for a medical emergency, whilst Pilot Captain Max Hoskins gave them an insight into the flying procedures. Members of the club were also given a tour of the EC135 helicopter and shown the variety of medical equipment required on board the helicopter for every mission.

    To round off a lovely and informative visit, the group presented a cheque for £695 to Leanne Colverson, Dorset Fundraising Co-ordinator. A member of the club said: “It was a fascinating trip, but sobering to think our cheque, warmly and thankfully received as it was, hardly funds the outward journey in an emergency.”


  6. Events Supporting Our Charity

    November 6, 2015 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.


  7. Airlift News!

    November 3, 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 19.10.15 – 01.11.15

    Throop – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Quantocks – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Assisted Patient to land vehicle – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford – Baby Male – Stopped Breathing – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Shaftesbury – Elderly Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Salisbury District Hospital

    Chilton Polden – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient and Aircrew conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Wincanton - Adult Male – Anaphylactic Reaction  - RRV Request - Patient and Doctor conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Ferndown – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient and Aircrew conveyed by land vehicle to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Clovelly – Road Traffic Incident – Doctor Required – Patient conveyed to Derriford Hospital

    Yeovilton – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient treated by Doctor – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Portland – Adult Male -   Cardiac Arrest – D&S RRV On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Templecombe – Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall - D&S RRV On Scene First – Patient treated On Scene

    Hurn - Adult Male – Head Injury – At Scene

    Warrbridge – Elderly Female – Head Injury – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle


  8. Lottery Results!

    November 2, 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!