1. Airlift News!

    April 28, 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 on the incidents that satisfy these rules.

    From 04.04.16 - 24.04.16

    Longthorns – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wincanton – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Brean – Adult Female – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Stoke St Michael – Child Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Cheddar – Teenage Male – Abdominal Injury – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Kewstoke – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Access Issues - Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Tollard Royal – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Sherborne – Adult Male – Arm Injury – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Sturminster Newton – Elderly Male – Head Injury – Land Crew request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Yeovil – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Yeovil District Hospital

    Cricket Malherbie – Teenage Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Unconscious – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Motcombe – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – D&S RRV & Aircraft – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Old Sarum – Adult Male – Patient Crushed – Patient conveyed to Southampton General Hospital

    Burton Bradstock – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Studland – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Land Crew Request – Access Issues – Patient conveyed to Poole Hospital

    East Chinnock – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Durleigh – Teenage Female – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Weston General Hospital

    West Lulworth – Adult Male – Suffered a Fall – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

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

    Cannington – Elderly Male – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Blandford Forum – Adult Female – Not Breathing – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    Gillingham – Elderly Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Mere – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – On Scene First

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  2. Live Tweets from 999 Control Room

    by Tracy

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to work a shift in a busy 999 control room?

    The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASfT) is giving you the chance to go behind the scenes and experience some of the challenges that their call handlers face every single day as they hold a live ‘tweetathon’  on Friday 29th April.

    The event will follow action from the Exeter Control Room during a 12-hour shift from 6am until 6pm.  The Trust manages more than 2,500 incidents a day, offering help, advice and reassurance. This shift is expected to be particularly busy as it leads up to the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

    SWASFT LogoYou can follow the tweetathon via their Twitter page @swasFT and join in by using the hashtag #swasftLive. 

    To find out more, please CLICK HERE.


  3. Burtle Silver Band Supports DSAA!

    April 25, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Air AmbulanceAt their Thursday evening band practice the Burtle Silver Band entertained a special guest from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Jonathan Gillams and Sandra Healey from the band were joined by Roz Dolding of the Edington Village Voices Choir to present Colin Thomas from the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with a cheque for £668.45 - and also treated him to a behind the scenes view of a brass band going through the rigours of a rehearsal.

    Almost a year ago the Burtle Silver Band chose to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance through collections made at the fetes, bandstands, seaside promenades and concerts that they played around the region. One of the stand out concerts of the year was a joint event with Roz Dolding’s Village Voices choir at the Edington Village Hall. That event was an absolute sell out and also raised £355 for the charity. Another successful event for the band was the Sing Sankey held at the Westfield Church in Bridgwater, raising £360. This collection had already been given to the Air Ambulance, bringing the total annual donation to over £1,000.


  4. Lottery Results!

    April 22, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    LotteryCongratulations to the winners of this 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. Sky’s The Limit for Riders In The Sky

    by Lara Lucas
    Scott Baker and the team from R.I.T.S and their cheque of £10348 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance , Nikki 07581051285

    Scott Baker and the team from R.I.T.S with their cheque of £10348

    Riders In The Sky are a local fundraising group from Glastonbury who raise money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in memory of Lee Baker, an avid motorcyclist and charity worker who lost his life on the 8th November 2010 in a motorcycle accident.

    The group hold an annual Ride Out and Family Fun Day which has become a massive fundraising success. Last year’s event raised a total of £10,348 which is amazing.

    Lee’s sister, Nikki Lamb who helps organise the event said: "We are truly grateful for the wonderful support we receive from the community in helping us raise funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Locals and businesses alike play a massive part in the events success and with their help last year, we were able to present a cheque to the air ambulance for £9,500.”

    RITS PosterThis year’s Ride Out and Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday 29th May at Tor Leisure in Glastonbury. Tickets for the 70 mile ride out cost £5 per person and the Family Fun Day will start at 12.30pm. The event has something for the whole family and includes an auction, raffle, live music, children’s entertainment, refreshments and much more.

    Nikki concluded by saying: “We are really looking forward to seeing everyone at Tor Leisure on 29th May. If any businesses would like to have a stall on the day, or would like to donate towards the auction/raffle, please email: [email protected]

    More information about the event can be found by visiting the ‘Riders In The Sky’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ritsday


  6. Your Dementia Friends

    April 20, 2016 by Tracy

    CertificateEarlier this year, our Lottery Canvassing Team completed their Dementia Friend training.  This friendly, knowledgeable group of individuals, represent the Charity out and about at supermarket stores and call on people door-to-door, to promote and encourage people to join our ‘Flight for Life’ weekly lottery.

    The aim of the training was not about receiving a qualification.  Instead, its purpose was for our team to gain a better understanding of dementia, how to identify the common signs of someone suffering with the disease and the simple actions to take that will help.  Given the nature of the canvasser’s role within the community, the training would also help them to identify vulnerable adults who might unwittingly give consent to payments they cannot really afford.

    Dementia is caused by a number of different diseases of the brain.  The most common is Alzheimer’s but there are others including Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Pick’s Disease.  Although more people over the age of 65 suffer from dementia, it’s not a natural part of the ageing process as younger people can have dementia too.

    Dementia FriendsThe team learnt how it can be difficult to tell if someone has dementia as it affects everyone in very different ways.  Interactive discussions involved identifying the common symptoms of dementia which include short term memory loss, struggling to plan or complete tasks, problems with perception, confusion, indecisiveness and difficulty in reading or following instructions.

    The day was deemed a real success and our team learnt so much in the process.  We were so pleased the approach that we plan to extend the training to include all our fundraising staff and volunteers.  As well as being known for our clinical excellence, we also want to be known as leaders when it comes to fundraising standards.  We think it’s the least you deserve!

    The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative was launched in March 2013.  The programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perception of dementia.  There are currently over one million Dementia Friends across England and Wales with a long-term commitment by the Alzheimer’s Society of creating four million Dementia Friends by 2020.


  7. 1 month to go: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2016!

    April 15, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    IMG_3342It’s exactly one month until our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2016 gets underway on Sunday 15th May. Preparations for the event are in full swing and we are hoping that this year will be the best Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge yet! The 54 mile cycle ride will leave from Watchet Harbour in Somerset at 11.00am for club enthusiasts and at 11.15am for the less experienced riders and finish at West Bay in Dorset. A shorter 11 mile route begins at Drimpton in Dorset at 2.00pm and also finishes at West Bay.

    With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some demanding hill climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something for everyone.

    Tina Viksna, Fundraising Manager said: “We are thrilled that so many people want to take part in this event. With only 600 places available, demand is always high and this year was no exception. Within 3 days and 4 hours of the Charity announcing online registration open, all places had been filled. Last year, the cyclists helped to raise over £64,000 by encouraging their friends and family to sponsor them and we really hope that they can top that this year.

    “We hope that the public will come out in support of the cyclists, cheering them on at the starting point, along the route and at the finishing line celebrations at West Bay.”

    In addition to the fundraising and sponsorship of the cyclists, donations can be made in support of the event online or by mobile phone by texting COAS16 £5 to 70070.

    Please join in the conversation and help us spread the word about our Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge on Facebook and Twitter by using hashtag #dsaac2c.

    To view the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge Route, click here


  8. Events Supporting Our Charity!

    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!

    • Police Cadets 999 Day
    • Muckathon
    • Come walk with me
    • Abbey Hill Steam Rally

     

    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.


  9. Airlift News!

    April 14, 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 on the incidents that satisfy these rules.

    From 15.02.16 - 03.04.16

    Glastonbury – Adult Male – Back Injury – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Henstridge – Adult Female – Arm and Back Pain – D&S RRV – Patient Treated On Scene

    Henstridge – Adult Male – Leg Injury – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Wimborne – Baby Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Pilton – Adult Male – Airway Problems – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Wells – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Chard – Elderly Female – Collapse – Patient Treated On Scene

    Blandford Forum – Baby Male – Breathing Difficulties – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Verwood – Adult Male – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Poole General Hospital

    Frome – Child Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Midsomer Norton – Elderly Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Stanley – Adult Male – Pushbike Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Wells – Teenage Male – Head Injury – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Ilchester – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Shaftesbury – Adult Male – Motorbike Incident – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Ferndown – Adult Male – Sports Injury – Patient Treated On Scene

    Cheddar – Adult Male – Ankle Injury – Access Issues – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Beckhampton – Adult Female – Spinal Injury – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Yarley – Adult Male – Motocross Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Mere – Elderly Female - Asthma Attack – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Carhampton – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Beer – Adult Male – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    Bridgwater – Elderly Male – Peri Arrest – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Weymouth – Adult Male – Impalement – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Martock – Child Female – Fitting – Patient conveyed to Bristol Children’s Hospital

    Guys Marsh – Adult Male – Suffered Burns – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Salisbury District Hospital

    Cheddar – Adult Female – Horse Incident – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Alhampton – Child Male – Neck Injury – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Holcombe – Adult Male – Bike Incident – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Salisbury – Adult Male – Head Injury – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Southampton General Hospital

    Charmouth – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Chard – Elderly Female – Heart Attack – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Evercreech – Elderly Female – Unconscious – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Street – Adult Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Guys Marsh – Adult Male – Asthma Attack – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Burton Bradstock – Adult Male – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Bristol Royal Infirmary

    Ecclife – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

    Frome - Elderly Male – Possible Heart Failure – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Norton Sub Hamdon – Elderly Male – Cardiac Arrest - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Charlton All Saints – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Salisbury District Hospital

    Portland – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

    East Pennard – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Montecute – Adult Male – Heart Attack – Land Crew Request - Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

    Shapwick – Elderly Female - Suffered a Fall – Access Issues – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Wells – Adult Male – Road Traffic Incident – D&S RRV - Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Southmead Hospital, Bristol

    Yeovil – Teenage Female – Choking – Patient conveyed by land vehicle to Yeovil District Hospital

    Long Sutton – Adult Male – Collapse – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Oakhill – Elderly Male – Unconscious – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    West Bay – Elderly Female – Collapse – On Scene First – Patient conveyed to land vehicle

    Kimmeridge – Teenage Female – Motorbike Incident – On Scene First – Patient conveyed by land vehicle

    Coleford – Adult Male – Chest Pain – Land Crew Request – Patient conveyed to Royal United Hospital, Bath

    Burnham On Sea – Adult Female – Cardiac Arrest – Patient conveyed to Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

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

     


  10. AgustaWestland Graduates Raise £1,174

    April 13, 2016 by Lara Lucas
    From left to right: Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria and Alistair Montgomery

    From left to right: Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria and Alistair Montgomery

    Three engineering graduates from helicopter manufacturer, AgustaWestland raised £1,174 for the Charity after taking part in the Yeovil Half Marathon.

    Ryan Humphries, Alistair Montgomery and Ollie Zaccaria, all 22 years of age, started training in January in preparation for the half marathon which took place on the 20th March. With an initial fundraising target of £500, the guys were amazed that within a couple of days they had already reached £150 so they decided to increase their target.

    Ryan said: “I wanted to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance personally as a friend of mine was electrocuted and taken to hospital by an air ambulance. I believe that without their help, he would have died.”

    All three were in good form on the day of the event, however they found the first mile and the hill by Montecute House quite challenging due to the narrow roads and sheer volume of people running in one direction. Ryan and Ollie finished with a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes whilst Alistair stormed on ahead of the others and finished in 2 hours and 5 minutes.

    From left to right: Alana Hardy (Administration Assistant), Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria, Alistair Montgomery and Charlotte Routley (Charity Manager)

    From left to right: Alana Hardy (Administration Assistant), Ryan Humphries, Ollie Zaccaria, Alistair Montgomery and Charlotte Routley (Charity Manager)

    Alistair said: “The level of support from start to finish was fantastic! The crowds could see that we were running in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance because we were wearing branded t-shirts and they cheered us on even more!”

    After recovering from the run and giving their sore and blistered feet a rest, the trio paid a visit to the Charity’s offices in Wellington to present the funds raised to Charity Manager, Charlotte Routley and Administration Assistant, Alana Hardy. Ollie concluded by saying: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is a great charity that we wanted to support as they help to save lives and one day, it could be one of ours.”


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