Yesterday, we attended incidents in Darlington, Thornaby and Martindale in Cumbria.
At 10.25am we were called to Darlington, to assist North East Ambulance Service with a male in his 20s who had suffered a serious head injury after falling from a pedal cycle. The patient was assessed at the scene by the paramedic and doctor team, before being placed in an induced coma and flown to James Cook University Hospital for ongoing treatment. The flight took ten minutes. The patient arrived in a critical condition.
At 3.50pm our Langwathby-based crew were called to Martindale, Cumbria, to assist Patterdale Mountain Rescue with locating a woman who had lost her footing on steep ground. Once we had located the patient, a woman in her 50s, we treated her on scene for serious but not life-threatening limb injuries. The aircraft was repositioned to the bottom of the valley to collect the patient, who was stretchered down by the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team, with the assistance of Penrith Mountain Rescue. We then took the patient to a nearby farm where she was transferred to a North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) vehicle and driven to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment. This decision was taken with the patient in the safe hands of NWAS in order to free up the aircraft in case a more serious incident happened.
At 5.45pm we responded to a multi-vehicle collision in Thornaby. We worked alongside North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a male in his 30s who had suffered life-threatening head, chest, pelvic and leg injuries, before airlifting him to James Cook University Hospital. The flight took only five minutes. The patient arrived in a critical condition.