1. Airlift News!

    August 22, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind only issue information which has been approved by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT). As a result, we only disclose information that satisfy certain rules. Please note that any injuries/illnesses listed below are as they were reported at the time of the incident call.

    From 08.08.16 - 21.08.16

    Winfrith Newburg – Elderly Female – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Swanage – Elderly Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Frome – Adult Female – Unconscious – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

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

    Gillingham - Baby Female – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Broomfield – Toddler Male – Head Injury – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Downhead St Mary – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Wheddon Cross – Adult Male - Suspected Stroke – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Trigon – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Misterton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Barton St David – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Burnham On Sea – Elderly Female – Heart Attack - RRV Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Horton Cross – Elderly Female – Collapse – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Bransgore – Teenage Male – Push Bike Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Bridport – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Winfrith Newburg – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Bridgwater - Elderly Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Stratford Sub Castle – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident - D&S RRV – Request for Dr – Dr and patient conveyed by Wiltshire Air Ambulance to Southampton General Hospital

    Highbridge – Child Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Roundham – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Stoborough – Elderly Male – Push Bike Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Plush – Elderly Female – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Broadmayne – Adult Male – Head Injury – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Burnham On Sea - Elderly Male – Stopped Breathing – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

     


  2. Great Dorset Steam Fair Supports DSAA!

    August 19, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Great dorset steam fairThe Great Dorset Steam Fair is once again raising funds for local charities by offering steam powered trailer rides around the heavy haulage arena during the event.

    Every year at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which takes place from 25th – 29th August 2016, the charity trailer rides offer a unique opportunity to experience the might and power of the heavy haulage steam traction engines while raising money for worthy causes.

    Last year, £15,297 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support and The Alfie O’Neill Cerebral Palsy Treatment Fund. This year, organisers have chosen to support Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and The Blandford Opportunity Group.

    Since launching in 2000, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has flown more than 11,500 missions. The average cost per mission is approximately £2,500 and the crew can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer. They receive no direct funding and rely entirely on the generosity of the public for support.

    Blandford Opportunity Group is a preschool for children from birth to 5 years who have been identified as having additional needs. They take children from all over Dorset, mostly from Blandford and the surrounding villages. Each child has one to one adult support to deliver programmes of therapy. It costs around £54,000 a year to run the group, but only around £18,000 is supplied through statutory and special needs funding.

    A steam powered trailer ride around the magnificent heavy haulage arena will cost £2 per adult and £1 for children, with all proceeds going to these nominated charities. The trailer rides commence at 10am daily and can be found at the gates by the top and bottom corners of the heavy haulage arena.


  3. DSAA supports Missing Type campaign for new blood donors

    August 16, 2016 by Tracy

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is supporting this year’s Missing Type campaign for new blood donors.

    The international campaign - first held by NHS Blood and Transplant in 2015 - brings together 25 blood services from 21 countries to call for new donors to ensure blood donation for future generations.

    Throughout the campaign As, Bs and Os - the letters of the main blood groups - are disappearing in everyday and iconic locations around the world including America, Australia, Japan and Ireland. Patients from around the world have thanked blood donors in a moving video and famous names in participating nations are backing the campaign.

    With many of Dorset and Somerset’s Critical Care Team being regular donors, it was no surprise that they were keen to show their support.  Removing the letters As Bs and Os from the DSAA helicopter was seen as a little extreme, so instead they created a board which changed the Charity’s logo to red and omitted the important letters before they travelled to a local donation centre to give blood themselves.

    Now the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are calling for people across the two counties to do the same and register as the new blood donors of the future.  In England, there is a particular need for more young blood donors, more black and Asian donors and more donors with O negative and A negative blood.

    Dr. Phil Hyde, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Medical Lead said:  “Earlier this year, we announced an enhancement in our critical care capability with the carriage of blood products on board our aircraft.  Emergency blood transfusions are usually given to patients who suffer life-threatening bleeding caused by major trauma or acute medical conditions.  40% of trauma deaths are due to bleeding, so being able to carry and administer blood products to these patients before they get to hospital could be a matter of life or death.

    “We are delighted to be able to support the Missing Type campaign and hope that the people of Dorset and Somerset will help ‘fill in the gaps’ by registering as new donors. Blood transfusions save lives and we need people across Dorset and Somerset to register as new donors at www.blood.co.uk.  Every donation helps or saves up to three people.”

    Mike Stredder, Director of Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, the service that collects, tests and processes blood for hospitals across England, said: “Blood donation is an amazing gift and we are really grateful to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for their support.

    “Thanks to the generosity of our current donors, hospitals have the blood needed to treat patients and there is not a crisis in blood stocks. Despite overall blood use in hospitals declining, we need more people to start giving blood to replace those who can no longer donate and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.

    “We need more young donors to help ensure the future of blood donation. We also particularly need more donors from Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed race, Arab and South Asian heritage to become blood donors to reflect the ethnic diversity of patients.

    “Don’t worry if you’ve never given blood before and don’t know what blood group you are – you find out shortly after your first donation. What’s important is that you register as a donor and book your first appointment to donate.”

    • To sign up as a new donor, visit: blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.
    • Support the campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #MissingType.

  4. Airlift News!

    August 9, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    AirliftWe take patient confidentiality very seriously and with this in mind only issue information which has been approved by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT). As a result, we only disclose information that satisfy certain rules. Please note that any injuries/illnesses listed below are as they were reported at the time of the incident call.

    From 18.07.16 - 07.08.16

    Evershot – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient Treated On Scene

    Lyme Regis – Adult Female – Suspected Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Beaminster – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

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

    Winton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Miles Cross – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Melbury Osmond – Adult Male - Suffered a Fall – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Oakhill – Adult Female – Fractured Ankle – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Portland – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Longthorns – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Bournemouth – Adult Male – Femur Injury – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Portland – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Spetisbury – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Glastonbury – Adult Female – Push Bike Incident – On Scene First – Patient Treated On Scene

    Corfe – Elderly Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Corfe Castle – Adult Female – Cow Incident – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Portland – Adult Female – Unconscious - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Bridgwater – Adult Male – Dumper Truck Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Shaftesbury – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Blandford St Mary – Toddler Female – Ate Berries – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Priddy – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Corfe Castle – Child Male – Drowning – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Crockerton – Toddler Female – Fitting – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Minehead – Toddler Female – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Briantspuddle – Adult Male – Motocross Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Gillingham – Elderly Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient Treated On Scene

    Moor Crichel – Adult Female - Horse Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Weymouth – Aircraft Crash – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Blandford – Baby Female – Head Injury – Patient Treated On Scene

    Sturminster Newton – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

     

     


  5. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    July 28, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Don’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!

    • Phoenix Horse Pleasure Ride
    • Porlock Country Fair
    • Swanage Town Band Concert
    • Bridgwater Classic Car Show
    • Woolbridge 55th Anniversary Car Tour

     

    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.


  6. Live Tweets Today from 999 Control Room

    July 25, 2016 by Tracy

    Following on from the huge success of their first tweetathon, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is repeating the event today from their Bristol clinical hub.

    The event takes place HEMS Desk at Exeter Control Roombetween 8am and 6pm and gives you the opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience what it is like working in a busy 999 control room.

    More than 2,500 incidents a day are managed by The Trust where help, advice and reassurance are always offered. The shift coincides with one of the busiest times of the year for the Trust as many people begin their summer holidays in the region.

    Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of SWASFT, said: “A huge variety of calls come through our hubs every day. Tweeting about some of the calls we receive gives the public a greater view on what happens when you make that 999 call.

    “It is also the start of the summer holidays so we encourage people to choose well and remember to please only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. If you need medical help but it isn’t urgent there are other options available to you. You could call NHS111, visit your GP or pharmacy or visit your minor injury unit.”

    Ken Wenman also added: “The tweetathon shows the public how busy our ambulance service really is and helps steer people to choose the right healthcare provider for their medical need. Remember 999 should only be used in a real emergency”

    SWASFT LogoYou can follow the tweetathon via the Twitter page @swasFT using the hashtag #swasftLive


  7. Annie Maw’s Diamond Challenge

    July 19, 2016 by Tracy

    Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and DSAA Patron Annie MawAnnie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Patron has begun her 60 mile Tramper Trek Challenge to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  Annie’s mode of transport is her Tramper which is an electric vehicle for people who, like herself are unable to walk.

    There will be a 15 mile route in each of the four corners of the county.  The journey began yesterday near Great Elm (Wellow), in BANES and will finish at Glastonbury Abbey, at the end of the week, where countless pilgrims in times gone by, have completed equally challenging journeys.

    On the way she will visit Radstock and the outskirts of Frome, the sea front in Weston super Mare, Cheddar, Porlock Post and Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor, Dunster, the West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Bruton and Ditcheat on her way to Glastonbury.

    Annie commented by saying: “Somerset is full of energetic people who spend time and effort on all kinds of activities and ideas whose objective is to improve and preserve the special way of life we have in this, the most unique, varied and spectacular of counties.

    “Our intention is to show the world what a brave and beautiful county we live in. We would like to raise people's awareness of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and of the Lieutenancy's role in promoting projects like this which were founded by a member of the Royal family who the Lieutenancy represents in each of our counties in the UK. Alongside this purpose, we hope that each of the places we pass through will allow us to publicise the projects and activities which the community is working on at the moment.

    “We are proud to be supporting them and to be promoting Somerset, our county.”

    Everyone at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance wishes Annie good luck on her journey.  The weather will definitely be a challenge too, given the mini heat wave we seem to be having.   Please come out and support her along the route or follow and comment on Annie’s progress via the DofE Tramper Trek Facebook Page.


  8. Grand Summer Draw Results

    July 18, 2016 by Tracy

    In addition to our weekly lottery, the Charity holds two GRAND LOTTERY DRAWS every year.  These take place during the Summer and at Christmas. Our 2016 Summer Draw took place on Thursday 14th July. We were once again astounded by the amount of support we received as a total of £96,501 tickets were sold. Our congratulations go to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part!

    DSAA GRAND SUMMER DRAW 2016 WINNERS

    £1,000   W Watton, Bournemouth (Ticket number 637259)

    £250      Mrs M Howard, Bournemouth (Ticket number 379525)

    £150      Mr H Hemmens, Highbridge (Ticket number 50663) 

    £125      Mrs P Coulstock, St. Leonards (Ticket number 553733)

    £100      Mr R Burgess, Winscombe (Ticket number 178024)

    To find out  more about joining our Weekly Lottery Draw, please click HERE.


  9. Rock Solid Performance by Francis Clark

    June 28, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Francis ClarkChartered Accountants Firm, Francis Clark have raised £3,324 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The Taunton based firm selected the air ambulance as their chosen charity for 2015 and decided to raise the funds by taking part in various challenge events.

    Eighteen staff members from different offices took part in a gruelling cycle hill climb event called the Haytor Climb. The riders ascended the 3.6 mile route from bottom to top 65 times, completing a combined total of 216 miles and climbing 70,000ft.

    If that wasn’t challenging enough, seventeen staff members and partners also took part in the South West’s largest mud run and obstacle course race, Rock Solid. The Rock Solid Race is a formidable 5km, 10km or 15km cross country team event where competitors face up to 50 all-terrain obstacles designed to test stamina, power, endurance and mental strength. Challenges along the way included water, climbing, crawling and ‘x-rated’ obstacles with intimidating names such as the ‘Muddy Dunk’, ‘Tunnel Rats’, ‘Hurdles from Hell’ and ‘Shiver Me Trainers’.

    Francis Clark also raised funds for the Charity from selling yummy cakes and sweet treats at their tuck shop. Fundraising Co-ordinator Debbie Birtwisle, enjoyed meeting representatives of the firm at their Taunton offices and receiving the funds raised.


  10. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    June 23, 2016 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.


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