1. Teenager airlifted from Burnham Beach

    August 25, 2014 by Tracy

    AirliftA teenager was airlifted from Burnham beach on Sunday (24 August 2014).  This was reported by Burnham-on-sea.com.  A video was captured of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landing at the scene before airlifting the patient to hospital.  We send our best wishes and a speedy recovery to the patient!  The video can be viewed HERE or by clicking on the picture.


  2. Video Challenge!

    August 19, 2014 by Tracy

    Martin Clunes with the Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceAre you up for a Challenge which doesn’t involve jumping out of an aeroplane or running a marathon?  Yes? Well that’s great.  We want our supporters to get behind a campaign which will be going viral during National Air Ambulance Week.    It involves a mobile phone or video camera and 8 words: “I SUPPORT MY LOCAL AIR AMBULANCE, DO YOU?” 

    Martin Clunes was kind enough to get us started at the weekend.  Click HERE or on Martin’s photo to listen!  Now all you have to do is video yourself or your friends saying the same words and email them to us at:  editor@dsairambulance.org.uk  Even better, you could nominate someone else to do the same! 

    We can’t wait to see them!  Good luck and thanks for showing us your support!

     


  3. Brilliant Buckham!

    August 18, 2014 by Tracy

    Martin and Philippa Clunes with the Air Ambulance Team - taken by Laura Zaky (www.laurazaky.com)What an amazing day we had yesterday at Buckham Fair!  We wanted to extend our sincere thanks to Martin and Philippa Clunes , their organising committee, all the volunteers who helped and to the general public who turned out in their thousands! 

    During the morning, the weather tried to dampen the mood, but people continued to arrive.  By the afternoon the sun was shining brightly.  Never have we seen such a happy smiling gathering of people, horses and doggies!  The dog and horse shows were ever spectacular and the food on offer was simply scrumptious!

    We managed to take some photographs on the day which can be VIEWED HERE.

    A massive, massive thank you from everyone at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance!

     

     


  4. 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 11.8.14

    Stoke Sub-Hamdon – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Bridport – Elderly Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Doniford, Watchet – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    East Stour – Adult Male – Chest pain – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Motcombe – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Cann, Shaftesbury – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Salisbury District Hospital


  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. Buckham Fair – this Sunday!

    August 11, 2014 by Tracy

    Buckham FairA quick reminder that Buckham Fair takes place this weekend in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  The event, organised by Martin and Philippa Clunes, together with their organising committee and a multitude of volunteers is always a favourite on the events calendar.

    Buckham Fair began in 2008.  After moving to their farm in 2007, Martin and Philippa bought a new plot of land, one of the few pieces of flat land in Beaminster.  They realised that the land would be perfect to hold an old-fashioned type Fair, perfect for the community to have fun and also raise money for local charities.  In fact, they since found out that there is an Ancient Charter that allows the holder of the land to hold a Fair each year!

    Martin Clunes with the Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceKeen horse, pony and dog lovers, they also wanted to include a small pony and dog show.  The classes in both have grown year on year and now the schedule is packed full and the Fair has grown bigger and better!

    To date, it has raised over £112,000 for local charities.

    We really can’t wait for Sunday and hope that many of our supporters will join us on the day.  To find out more information on the event, visit: www.buckhamfair.co.uk


  7. Valerie Jackson wins Name the Bear

    by Tracy

    Valerie with Frankie the bearCongratulations to Valerie Jackson for winning our ‘Name the Bear’ competition which was held at the Dunster Fair in July.  The competition took place alongside our merchandise stand and raised £100.  A bucket collection on the day also equated to an amazing £1,086.85 being collected.

    Valerie’s husband needed the services of Devon Air Ambulance a number of years ago and she is an avid collector of teddy bears.  Hence, when she saw our stand at the show she said that she just had to enter.   Valerie selected ‘Frankie’ as the bear’s name because her favourite jockey is Frankie Detori!  A big thank you to everyone who took part and to all who supported us on the day!


  8. Airlift News!

    August 4, 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 28.7.14

    West Lulworth – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Belchalwell – Adult Male – Paraglider crash – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Frome – Female Toddler – Hypoxic Fit – RRV request – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    West Horrington, Wells – Male – RTC Entrapment – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Bishops Down, Sherborne – Female Baby – Fall from car – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Ferndown – Elderly Female – Land Crew Request – Clear on scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Female – Land Crew Request – Breathing problems – Clear on scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Huish Episcopi – Elderly Male – Ankle injury – Access issues – Patient airlifted to land vehicle – Land vehicle conveyed to hospital

    Sutton Mandeville – Adult Female – Fall from horse – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Studland to Corfe – Adult Male – Thrown 30ft from Motorcycle – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Shepton Mallet – Adult Male – Unconscious – Land crew request – On Scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Cheddar Gorge – Male Child – Fall of 10ft – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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