It’s been a busy time for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with the helicopter called out nine times in the space of just four days.
On Thursday night, at about 11pm, the air ambulance was called to Little Downham, after a man in his 80s suffered a cardiac arrest. He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Shortly after 6pm earlier that day, the EAAA was called to Cambridge to help a cyclist in his 60s whose bike had been involved in a car crash. He was extricated by Cambridge Fire Service and then treated by air ambulance medics. He was then taken by the East of England Ambulance Service to Addenbrooke’s.
On Friday, at 4.30pm, the rescue helicopter was sent to a road smash in Norwich. The team treated two patients in their 60s who were taken taken by land ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The air ambulance was sent out again at 8.40pm, this time to Wisbech, after a man in his 40s suffered serious burns. The patient was treated at the scene before being transported by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
Three hours later, the team was called out to Newmarket, following a suspected hit and run. A man in his late 20s suffered serious injuries after being allegedly run over by a car. The driver then reportedly drove off. The EAAA treated the patient at the scene. He was then taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance. Police are investigating and calling for witnesses to come forward.
At 10.42am on Saturday the air ambulance was called out to Southery, north of Littleport, after a man in his 60s suffered exposure to smoke. He was treated on site before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
At 3.43pm the helicopter was sent out to Leiston in Suffolk, to treat a man in his early 70s involved in a road crash. He was taken by land ambulance to Ipswich Hospital after being treated for his injuries.
At midday on Sunday air ambulance staff assisted a man in his 60s who came off his motorbike in Cambridge. He was then taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance.
And at 2.42pm that day they were called out to Norwich to treat a young boy who suffered a limb injury after falling in a playground. He was sedated and treated at the scene before being transferred by land ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Since its launch in 2000 the East Anglian Air Ambulance has attended over 16,000 lifesaving missions. Its crew comprises specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical care paramedics, operating out of two high-tech helicopters from Norwich and Cambridge.
A registered charity, it is the first air ambulance in the country to attend helicopter emergency medical incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites.