1. Grand Summer Draw Results

    July 18, 2014 by Tracy

    Our Grand Summer Draw took place on Wednesday 16th July.  A big thank you to everyone who purchased tickets.  To check whether you are one of the lucky winners, CLICK HERE!   Our weekly Lottery draw takes place every Friday.  It only costs £1 a week and you could be in with a chance of winning one of our weekly cash or consolation prizes… This weeks winners have been uploaded to our website.  You can view them HERE.


  2. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance selects AgustaWestland 169 helicopter

    July 17, 2014 by Tracy

    Signing Ceremony which took place at Farnborough Air Show on 17th July 2014AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions. The aircraft will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border in South West England in 2016 and will be able to reach any point in the two counties faster than ever due to its maximum cruise speed and quickly transport patients to hospitals and major trauma centres in the South West.

    The AW169 was selected following an extensive evaluation process by the Charity and its clinical partners. Its outstanding characteristics, superior capabilities and safety standards will ensure unprecedented levels of mission effectiveness and provide an enhanced life-saving service for the people of Dorset and Somerset. This contract continues the success already achieved by the AW169 in the UK helicopter market and marks the first EMS tender win in the UK for this new generation helicopter.

    Dorset & Somerset AW169 HEMS (render image)Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance CEO, said: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s vision for the future assumes one of clinical excellence. The capability and flexibility offered by the AW169 made it a clear winner in our selection process. We are looking forward to the point in time when we can start operating this fantastic helicopter and offering our patients an even more capable service that we have been proud to do in the last 14 years.”

    The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 helicopter will feature a full air medical interior to provide advanced patient care and will also be equipped with the latest avionic standard in order to allow an enhancement of the operational safety based on a significant reduction of the pilot workload, together with the possibility to operate under NVG rules if required.  

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance CEO and AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti at Farnborough Airshow

    Perfectly suited to both primary and secondary air ambulance missions, the AW169 can comfortably accommodate one or two stretchers, either longitudinally or transversally, which is especially important for operations where in-flight stretcher recovery is required. The large unobstructed cabin can also accommodate wheeled stretchers and can be configured with a full suite of advanced life support equipment.

    The AW169’s avionic suite introduces state-of-the-art technology including a full digital NVG compatible cockpit with three 8” x 10” large area displays (AMLCD) and touch screen technology with enhanced graphics capability for maximum situational awareness. A 4-axis digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS) with dual Flight Management System (FMS) minimises crew workload allowing single/dual pilot VFR/IFR operations. The avionics suite also complies with satellite-based navigation, communication and surveillance requirements and has the capability to perform satellite-based IFR LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) approaches to maximize round-the-clock utilisation of the helicopter. Safety enhancing avionics such as Terrain Awareness Warning Systems, airborne collision avoidance systems can be added to the standard avionic configuration.

    The AW169 helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW139 and AW189. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of these models in areas such as training, maintenance and support.

    Over 120 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered by customers around the world for a wide range of applications including air ambulance, law enforcement, corporate & VIP transport, offshore transport and utility roles.


  3. Airlift News!

    July 14, 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 7.7.14

    Mapperton – Adult Male – Tractor Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Frome Hospital MIU – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Gillingham – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    A3049 Poole – Adult Male - Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Rowberrow – Teenager Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Studland Heath – Adult Female – Horse Riding incident – Patient conveyed to Poole

    B3170 Newcott / Taunton - Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Frome MIU – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Compton Bishop – Adult Male – Bike fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton


  4. Daredevil Joyce takes on zip wire at 80 years old!

    July 3, 2014 by Tracy

    Joyce flying highPlucky octogenarian Joyce Jones marked her birthday in a way that would challenge some people half her age.

    On reaching the milestone, she wanted to celebrate 80 years of life, and raise money for charity at the same time.

    “I didn’t want lots of silly gifts,” she said.  “I would rather the money was put to a good cause.”

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Royal British Legion each benefited with a share of the £1,415 that Joyce raised from sponsorship.

    Joyce, who now lives in the Yarlington Retirement Living scheme in Bruton, added, “I told my family I wanted to do a wing-walk, but they thought I was mad, and told me to choose something else.”

    Joyce's cheque presentation to DSAA volunteer Graham Wheelan-001The daring feat took place in Snowdonia, on a course of over a mile, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.  When asked what she was planning next, Joyce said that she had no plans at the moment, and will probably celebrate quietly with her family next time.

    “I am so grateful for all of the support that I had from everyone, we never know when we may need the air ambulance so they deserve all the help they can get.”


  5. 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


  6. 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!

     


  7. 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:

    DSAA attends an incident at Glastonbury Abbey-001

     

    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


  8. 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 

     


  9. 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! 


  10. 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.


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