WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance undertook 1,104 missions in 2021.

Of those callouts, 653 were by helicopter and 451 were in the rapid response vehicles.

The largest number of call outs were to cardiac emergencies – 306 – around a third of all missions.

There were 194 road traffic collisions attended, plus 89 medical collapses, 71 sporting incidents and 47 assaults.

The charity attended 81 call outs in Salisbury, 12 in Amesbury, four in Tisbury, five in Mere, and four in Tidworth.

The largest number of incidents Wiltshire Air Ambulance responded to were in the Swindon area – 188

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A total of 73 incidents involved children, while around one in three missions – 307 – took place at night.

On 237 occasions the charity either airlifted or land assisted patients to hospital, including 78 to the Royal United Hospital in Bath and 53 to Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

The charity's chief executive David Philpott said: “The year 2021 was another milestone year for the charity, as we launched a new three-year strategy, saw our fundraising target rise to £4 million and we increased the number of shifts with pre-hospital consultants (doctors), further enhancing our clinical delivery.

“It was, of course, another very challenging 12 months for our staff operating on the front line and I’m extremely proud of how everyone pulled together to ensure we continue to be there for the people of Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that receives no regular direct funding from the government or National Lottery grants.

Each year the charity needs to raise £4 million to continue flying and saving lives.

To find out more about its work visit: wiltshireairambulance.co.uk


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