Youngster airlifted to hospital after fall

An 8-year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a tree in the Peak District.

The incident happened on Saturday 19th October in Castleton. Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called to the incident at 12:04. The patient had been carried to a nearby youth hostel and the DLRAA crew landed in a field adjacent to the hostel at 12:25.

The patient had sustained an injury to the chest in the fall. He landed on a branch after falling from the tree. He was given much needed pain relief and immobilised.

Due to poor weather conditions, the crew were unable to fly the patient to Northern General Hospital, Sheffield – the closest available trauma centre. Instead, the crew flew the patient to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. They landed at 13:20.

DLRAA receives no Government funding. Each rescue mission costs an average of £1,400 with the service costing approximately £1.7 million a year to run.