Over the Christmas and New Year break, Joseph Verney, writing in The Lincolnite newspaper reported that the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) service, a charity supported by Ringrose Law, had their busiest year ever in 2021. They also moved to a new purpose-built headquarters in Lincoln last summer, opened by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Essex in September 2021. This brought the clinical and aviation operations together in the same place.
In 2019, the service responded to 877 calls. In 2020, there were 1095 incidents and by 2021, this had increased to over 1400 missions, each one costing an average of £3500.00. This increase was partly due to the service being able to obtain a second helicopter to deal with the anticipated return of visitors to the coast as lockdown eased.
Working for the service is very popular with medics and it also provides an unusual but much needed training opportunity for doctors, nurses, paramedics and crew from all over Britain and abroad. There needs to be a large pool of crew available to allow the air ambulance service to run 24 hours a day. They also back this up with “critical care cars”.
The Air Ambulance is a vital tool anyway in delivering swift care to people injured, often in inaccessible places and getting them to hospitals or care centres the quickest way possible, but in a rural area like Lincolnshire, this is needed even more. They not only attend at road traffic collisions, with the busy A1 being a hotspot for accidents, but frequently attend to walkers, horse-riders, swimmers and cyclists who are injured in some very out of the way locations, sometimes inaccessible other than by helicopter and at sporting events, such as horse trials and racing, horse and otherwise. The bright yellow Air Ambulance helicopter can be easily spotted “parked” on the lawns in front of Burghley House during the annual 4- day horse trials event there, which will hopefully resume this year after 2 years of Covid cancellations. The service covers some 3500 square miles.
A new service was introduced with the introduction of blood plasma. Blood is already carried on the helicopter as part of normal equipment, but plasma was added, being the part of blood that helps it to clot. This is essential in stemming blood loss and thus saving a life.
CEO Karen Jobling was quoted as saying:
“Just like many other charities, we went into 2021 not knowing what to expect.
Our crews continue to be out there and, just like their NHS colleagues, they are dealing with the added pressure and complexity the spread of COVID brings. The only difference is that we are there purely because of the generous donations we receive from our communities.
It is only because of the generosity of our supporters that more patients have been helped by a crew with the highest skills and standards in pre-hospital care. Everyone here at LNAA would like to send all of our wonderful supporters our whole-hearted thanks.”
This is why Ringrose Law continues to support the service as one of their regular charitable recipients from our fundraising events. The service is run by donations and can be needed by any one of us at any time. We hope none of us need to use it, but if we do, the time saved by use of the helicopter as opposed to an ambulance could and indeed does often mean the difference between life and death.
So try and find a bargain at one of their charity shops, or donate your unwanted “stuff” to them and help save those lives!