1. Wells Holiday Park girls go LOOMY!

    November 7, 2014 by Tracy

    Wells holiday parkIndie-Eve and Jade Wilton from Wells Holiday Park have been making loom band bracelets and such, selling them in the reception of the holiday park to raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  Fundraising Support Assistant, Luke Cholawo visited the park recently and the girls presented him with £68.46 which they had raised!  Well done girls and a big thank you from us all for your support!

  2. Airlift News!

    November 3, 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 27.10.14

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Fall from building – Conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Castle Cary – Adult Male – Fall from lorry – Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Henstridge – Elderly Male – Collapse – Treated on scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Beckington – Adult Male – Fall from ladder – RRV request – Treated on scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    West Horrington, Wells – Elderly male – Chest pain – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    A39 Nether Stowey – Adult Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Tolland – Adult Female – Fall from horse – On scene – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Sigwells, Sherborne – Adult Female – Fall from horse – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

  3. Wimborne Fly Fisher Group donate £600

    by Tracy

    Wimborne Fly Fisher GroupDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteer Joy Whittingham paid a visit to the Wimborne Fly Fisher Group to receive a cheque on behalf of the charity.  The group took part in the Tony Clyde Fly Fishing Challenge on the 13th September 2014 and raised £600 which they decided would be donated to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    Joy had a great evening and provided the group with a talk about the work of the air ambulance and how their donation would make a difference to so many peoples lives.  A very big thank you from our team!


  4. Lottery Results!

    October 8, 2014 by Tracy

    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! 

  5. 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 29.9.14

    Bridgewater – Toddler Male – Drowning – Patient conveyed to hospital by land vehicle.

    Frome – Adult Female – Medical Collapse – RRV Request – Patient conveyed to hospital by land vehicle.

    Knoll Beach, Studland – Adult Female – Horse Fall – Patient conveyed to Whitecliff, Poole

    Bagber – Adult Female – Cardio Vascular Event – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

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

    Shaftesbury – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Wells – Elderly Female - MI – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Bridport – Elderly Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Chepstow – Adult Male – Land crew request – Decompression Sickness – Patient conveyed to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

  6. Burnham On Sea Motor Club presents funds

    by Tracy

    Burnham on sea motor clubOn Friday 26th September 2014 the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed on Wells Cathedral Green at midday as part of National Air Ambulance Week.  The early morning mist cleared in time and the spectacular sight of the arrival of the bright yellow helicopter was seen coming from behind the cathedral.  

    During the visit, Burnham on Sea Motor Club Ltd presented a cheque for £500.00 to the crew, raised from the Burnham on Sea Motor Club’s annual Andy Simm Memorial Classic Car Tour which was held on Sunday 6th July. The tour started with bacon butties or toasted tea cakes being served with tea or coffee for breakfast in the Abbey Tea Rooms in Glastonbury.  The owner of the Tea Rooms, Mary Parker, always insists that the funds raised from the breakfast is donated to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  She has supported the charity for a number of years.  Together with Mary’s donation of £150.00, Burnham on Sea Motor Club were able to present a cheque for £500.00 in front of the helicopter during the fly-in.

    Shortly after this presentation, the crew was called out to a job, so everyone was able to see it take off and experience the amazing down-draft of the helicopter as it took to the skies over Wells.

    Pictured left to right: Club Secretary John Turner, DSAA volunteer Colin Thomas, DSAA Clinical Support Officer Paul Owen,  Paramedic Claire Baker, Mary Parker from the Abbey Tea Rooms, DSAA fundraising co-ordinator Debbie Birtwisle and Judy Green, BOS Motor Club Treasurer.




  7. National Air Ambulance Week get’s off to flying start!

    September 24, 2014 by Tracy

    Support from our petsSupporters all over the country are getting behind National Air Ambulance Week 2014.  The national video challenge has seen people upload their videos to a variety of social media channels using the hashtag #NAAW2014 stating the words, ‘I support my local air ambulance, do you?’  Some people have involved their families, friends and even their pets!  Click our puppy picture or HERE to view some examples!

    Dorset and Somerset Air AmbulanceMedia coverage for National Air Ambulance Week has been at its highest ever with radio, print and TV all getting on board.  Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flew in to Airways Aviation at Bournemouth Airport yesterday where members of the public and children from Portfield School had the chance to meet with the crew.  Click HERE to view.

    Earlier today, the yellow EC135 helicopter had to delay its landing to Vivary Park in Taunton when operational commitments took priority.  The team managed to land at approximately 11.45am and were greeted by many smiles and much enthusiasm.

    Georgina SapianoMany BBC Radio Stations have helped publicise the events and have interviewed staff, volunteers, supporters and patients who have needed the services of the air  ambulance first hand.  BBC Radio presenter Emma Britton interviewed our Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright on her early morning show and Ben Mcgrail featured the charity’s work on his programme throughout the morning.  Listen to patient Georgina Sapiano describe how Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance saved her life HERE or click her photo on the right.  You can also listen to Ben’s programme in full via BBC iPlayer.




  8. Support National Air Ambulance Week by shooting a video!

    September 19, 2014 by Tracy

    DSAA Paramedic Claire BakerAir Ambulance charities across the country are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 22-28th September 2014. NAAW is an initiative created by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) and celebrates the work of your local Air Ambulance, giving them a national voice and an opportunity to promote the work they do at a local level. Together, the UK’s Air Ambulance charities generate £96.7 million a year, operate 36 helicopters, have a volunteer network of over 2,500 people and are one of the most exciting and innovative group of organisations in the UK.    With many investing funds to expand their operations to provide night HEMS missions, upgrading their aircraft or placing investment into the advanced education and training of their Paramedics and Doctors, there is no better time to show them your support!

    In 2013, the NAAW campaign was boosted by the creation of a celebrity video montage which featured 17 celebrities and sports personalities quoting the words, “I support my local air ambulance, do you?”

    This year, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is urging the public to get involved by recording a short video saying the same words, “I support my local air ambulance, do you?” and then nominating friends and family to do the same.  The video can then be: 


    Tracy Bartram, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Communications Manager said, “NAAW has now become a regular feature on people’s event calendars and there are so many different ways that people can get involved. Some of our supporters hold mufti or dress down days at school or within the workplace. Others organise their own events or set themselves a challenge and ask their friends to sponsor them.

    “The creation of a video is probably one of the easiest ways of getting involved this year. We really want people to have fun with the idea and hope that the initiative goes viral as many other air ambulance charities in the UK are also doing the same. We look forward to seeing how the people of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance respond.”


  9. £1,000 from Quantock Show!

    September 18, 2014 by Tracy

    Quantock showThe opening meet of the Quantock Staghounds was held at the Carew Arms, Crowcombe on Monday 8th September, where a cheque for £1,000 was kindly presented to the charity.

    The money had been raised at the Quantock Show, which had been held on August Bank Holiday Monday at Cothelstone. Despite the pouring rain, a profit was still made, thanks to the contributions from the sponsors, advertisers and competitors .

    The cheque was presented to Charlotte Routley, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity Manager by show secretary Marilyn Palmer. 

    Pictured from the left are Richard Parkhouse, Marilyn Palmer, Michael Thorne, Charlotte Routley, Brian Palmer with James Hawthorne (mounted).


  10. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance shortlisted for Awards of Excellence!

    September 16, 2014 by Tracy

    Picture kindly taken by Justin Glynn:  www.glynnphotographic.co.ukDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that it is represented in three categories at this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The shortlisted nominees were announced on Friday by the Association of Air Ambulances and the winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony to be held on 17 November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

    Doctor Phil Hyde has been shortlisted in the Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year category.  Phil has been working with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for the past two years.  He is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the director of Paediatric Major Trauma for the Wessex Major Trauma Centre. 

    Doctor Phil HydePhil has worked intensively with the aircrew paramedics enhancing their skills and knowledge.   His expertise and recommendations for new procedures and equipment has been instrumental in the Charity’s continuing clinical development. His most recent project includes the joint working between the Paediatric Retrieval teams, Hospitals, Air Ambulance Charities and Ambulance Services to deliver the best possible patient care in a structured, unambiguous, consistent manner with an aim to deliver the ultimate in patient care.  As Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the Intercollegiate Board for training in pre-hospital emergency medicine, his influence is felt not only at a local and regional level but also nationally. Captain Phil Merritt

    Captain Phil Merrit represents the charity in the Air Ambulance Pilot of the Year category.  Phil’s enthusiasm extends into every facet of his role and his contribution to the Charity extends far beyond simply flying the aircraft. The high standard of his briefing, awareness of the requirements needed for critical care patients and his constant readiness to assist in all manner of situations makes him an integral part of the team. In the autumn of 2011, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance accepted the Airbox ™Moving Map system into operational service. Phil played an instrumental part in not only testing and developing the product but also gave a clear description of the issues that needed to be addressed.  He provided clear and consistent critique during subsequent development iterations and input and recommendations on the way the product could be further improved to benefit other air ambulances.

    As a Line Training Captain, Phil provides training for other pilots enabling them to gain their initial HEMS pilot training. In this role he has also been instrumental in the development of the night flying training package for the HEMS air ambulances across the country.  

    Volunteers Pam and Fran EamerDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteers Pam and Fran Eamer have been shortlisted for Air Ambulance Charity Volunteer of the Year.  The married couple, who are 70 years young, became volunteers just over 4 years ago.  Not having volunteered before, they took to their tasks like a fish to water and have become one of the most highly respected ambassadors for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in the area.  They are constantly on the go, supporting fundraising initiatives and events, attending cheque presentations and servicing around 100 charity collection boxes across the Dorset area.

    Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said, “In highlighting individuals in this way, we hope to shine a light on the fantastic work that is done by everyone at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. We are all particularly proud of the fact that this has been recognised at a national level”.

    The independent judging panel met on 10 September and considered all entries made across the nine categories. Guy Opperman MP, Chairman of the Judging Panel, commented, “It is a real privilege to read about the enormous expertise and dedication of the people working in the air ambulance sector, and judging these awards has quickly become one of the highlights of my year.

    “This year’s Awards entries were truly outstanding and 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. However, we have narrowed down the field and now look forward to the winners being announced in November, when we will celebrate the dedication and commitment of all those involved in the work carried out by UK air ambulance charities.”

    A full list of categories and all those shortlisted as finalists can be viewed by visiting the Association of Air Ambulances website: http://www.associationofairambulances.co.uk/aaae/

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