Air ambulance in double Peak District rescue

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

Two elderly men were rescued by the air ambulance in separate incidents in the Peak District at the weekend.

On June 28, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) responded to a 92-year-old man with severe shortness of breath in Bradwell.

He was based in a very remote area that was inaccessible by land.

A community first responder and paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were first on scene. DLRAA were tasked to the incident at 11:03am and landed at the scene 18 minutes later.

The gentleman was assessed and treated at the scene before being airlifted to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.

Phil Bridle, critical care paramedic for DLRAA, said that it was one of the crew’s “most challenging landing sites for some time”.

Later that day, the same crew was tasked to Stanage Edge after receiving a call about a fallen rock climber.

Due to the uneven terrain, the medical team were required to deplane mid-hover while the pilot relocated to a more appropriate landing site.

The patient, a man believed to be in his 70s, had sustained suspected head and internal injuries in the fall. He was assessed for his injuries and given pain relief before being conveyed to the aircraft, with the assistance of the local mountain rescue team.

He was then flown to the same hospital for further treatment, having been given further pain relief during the flight.

On average, each DLRAA rescue mission costs £1,700. The service receives no Government funding and relies solely on public donations.

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