1. Airlift News!

    April 22, 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 14.4.14

    Wincanton – Elderly Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Shipham – Adult Male – Fall from bike – Patient conveyed to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

    Stourpaine – Teenager Male – Suffered a fit – Patient conveyed to school

    Bedchester – Adult Male – Burns – Patient treated at the scene

    Frome – Adult Male – CVA – Patient conveyed to RUH Bath

    Taunton – Road Traffic Incident – On scene, patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Lulworth Castle – Adult Male – On scene first, patient taken by land vehicle

    Durdle Door – Adult Female – Suffered a fall – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Galstonbury – Adult Male – CA – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Sedgemoor Services – Adult Female – CA – Patent conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    South Chard – Adult Female – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital


  2. Bridgwater Half Marathon – 7th September 2014

    April 15, 2014 by Tracy

    BWHM PosterBridgwater Half Marathon returns for its third year on 7th September 2014 at Morganians Rugby Club raising money for various charities, including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The race incorporates a 5K Fun Run and for the first time both races will be timed using timing chips, with on the day publication of the results.

    With a slightly amend route to previous year’s the Bridgwater Half Marathon entry fees are remaining the same – £17.50 for UKA non-affiliated entrants, £15 for affiliated entrants and £7.50 for Fun Run entrants.

    For more information, detailed route map and entry form, please visit the event website http://www.bridgwaterhalfmarathon.co.uk


  3. National Air Ambulance Awards: Nominations now Open!

    April 9, 2014 by Tracy

    Award Winners 2013The Association of Air Ambulances is today calling on all of the UK’s air ambulance community to nominate an individual or team for this year’s Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. These prestigious, independent awards honour the exceptional contributions of staff and volunteers in the UK air ambulance community. 

    The Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence were held for the first time last year and were a great success. Nominations are now open so the entire sector’s most inspirational people get the recognition they deserve. The Awards are judged by a panel of experts, chaired by Guy Opperman MP, and presented at a gala dinner in London on 17 November.

    National Director of the Association of Air Ambulances, Clive Dickin, said, “Last year’s ceremony was a wonderful occasion where everyday heroes were recognised, and these awards will once again reflect the incredible dedication to duty of all those involved in the air ambulance sector.  Paramedics, doctors, pilots, charity staff and volunteers will have the chance to be honoured for the amazing work they do for patients on a daily basis.” 

    Nominations are now sought in the following categories:

    • Outstanding Young Person Award
    • Charity Staff Member of the Year
    • 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 Volunteer of the Year
    • Special Incident Award
    • Lifetime Achievement Award

     

    The closing date for nominations is 1 September 2014. The winners will be announced at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence gala dinner to be held on 17 November.  Further details of award categories, together with a nomination form can be found at: http://www.aoaa.org.uk/aaae/


  4. Looking to book a Holiday?

    March 27, 2014 by Tracy

    HolidayAs members of the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), we are fortunate to receive a number of benefits.  The latest initiative is the launch of the AAA Travel Club which is run in partnership with Meon Valley Travel.

    If you are looking to book a holiday this year, it’s well worth contacting them as there are hundreds of holidays to choose from.  The great news is that every booking made gives 10% commission to the AAA.  Simply email or call them with your requirements.  The Quote Buster Line is if you have already gained a quote from elsewhere and they will look to beat it! 

    Tel: 01730 711018

    Quote Buster Line: 01730 711905

    Email: aaatravelclub@meonvalleytravel.co.uk


  5. Beeline – Our Easter Magazine

    March 26, 2014 by Tracy

    Beeline SpringOur Easter edition of Beeline is now available to read online.  We hope you enjoy reading about the work we are doing and how your kind support is making a difference to so many people’s lives. 

    Within this edition you will find all the latest information from the Charity, together with a short update from our Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright.  Additionally, there are features on how your funds are being used to improve our service and many inspirational stories of courage and determination from our patients and supporters.

    Our thanks go to everyone who gave permission for their story to be included and for Justin Glynn (www.glynnphotographic.co.uk) for providing our front cover shot!  Simply click the image to read the magazine in full.  Alternatively, click here.


  6. Airlift News

    March 24, 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 17.3.14

    Sherborne – Adult Male – Suffered a fall – On scene first – patient treated – Conveyed by land vehicle

    A37 Ilminster – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

    Charlton Musgrave – Adult Female – Horse Incident – On scene first – patient treated

    Axminster – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

    Wimborne – Adult Female – Horse incident – Conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Donyatt – Adult Male – Horse Incident – Conveyed to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

    Wiveliscombe – Child Male – Suffered a fall – Conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Ilminster – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Seaton – Elderly male – Road Traffic Incident – Conveyed to Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

     


  7. Budget Reponse

    March 20, 2014 by Tracy

    Chief Executive Officer, Bill SivewrightDorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted that air ambulances have been formally recognized as an important part of caring for patients nationally, after UK Chancellor, George Osborne announced the relief of VAT on air ambulance aviation fuel and access to the LIBOR fine fund in his budget yesterday.

    Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright said, “We have yet to review the details of the budget implications to find out exactly what impact it will have, however we will do this over the next few days.

    “Because we lease our current aircraft through Bond Air Services we do not have to concern ourselves with the repayment of VAT on fuel.  However, we are looking to the future and the possibilities of either buying or leasing a new helicopter in the next couple of years. This announcement means that no matter how we decide to proceed, we will not be impacted either way. 

    “Additionally, the fact that the LIBOR fine fund is being made available for air ambulance charities means that this could be a Win-Win situation for all concerned.

    “We are grateful to the Association of Air Ambulances and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances for their strong support but most of all; we thank the public for their enthusiasm and support on this topic.”

    Bill discussed this in more detail this morning on BBC Radio Solent’s ‘Breakfast in Dorset’ – you can listen to his interview HERE.


  8. Chestnut House boys raise £500

    March 19, 2014 by Tracy

    Chestnut House present their chequeWell done to the Chestnut boarding house boys from Millfield Prep School for raising £500 by holding a charity café on Sunday March 2nd.  They sold homemade cookies and cakes to their fellow students.  Pictured is DSAA fundraising co-ordinator receiving the cheque from the pupils.


  9. Rainy Day Car Rally raises funds

    by Tracy

    NYD vintage car runThis year’s Vintage and Classic Car Run raised £1,500 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  Despite the bad weather, more than 100 vehicles took part in the 38 mile rally which started at Sturminster Newton.  Apparently the weather could not have been worse.  The torrential rain meant donations collected on the day had to be dried out before being deposited in the bank!  One thing was for sure, the event could not have taken place without the amazing support of the participants, volunteer marshals and donation collectors.

    Organiser Ray Long said: “We are very pleased with the amount we raised despite the weather.  We would like to thank Philip Hart for his continuing generous sponsorship and support on the day and to everyone who got involved.  Next year will be our 20th anniversary, so we are hoping to do something special to celebrate.”

    Pictured:  Wendy Burke and Richard Robbins (DSAA volunteers), were delighted to receive a cheque from the proceeds of the event on the Charity’s behalf.


  10. Biggest Muckathon ever!

    March 10, 2014 by Tracy

    MuckathonIt’s going to be bigger, better and muckier than ever before – Kingston Maurward College students are putting on their wellies for this year’s charity Muckathon.  In just 24 hours, they will spread muck, plough and cultivate 55 acres of land at the College farm to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

    The students, who are studying agriculture, have followed in the footsteps of their predecessors by managing to source all of the machinery needed – and 1,000 litres of fuel – through donations from local businesses and residents.  The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance does great work around the South West and KMC Students wish to help them in their battle to find this money

    Article taken from the Dorset Echo Website


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