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Air Ambulance flew 58 Scilly missions last year


Cornwall Air Ambulance flew 58 missions to the Isles of Scilly in 2018.

The figure is an increase from 41 the previous year.

Throughout 2018, the crew were called to 53 missions on St Mary’s, three on Tresco and two on Bryher. Of these, 29 were to medical incidents, 15 to trauma and 14 were inter-hospital transfers.

There were four heart-related emergencies, six neuro-related, six respiratory-related and ten serious falls.

A total of 52 of the call-outs were to adults and six to children.

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for more support after the charity carried out 1,105 missions in 2018, alongside launching an appeal to bring a new air ambulance to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Missions increased by more than 25% compared to 2017, putting extra pressure on the lifesaving charity, which is funded by public donations.

A total of 774 missions were flown in the air ambulance MD902 helicopters, with most going to Newquay (61), Scilly (58), Penzance (50), Bodmin (41) and St Austell (32).

Air Operations Officer Steve Garvey said: “What we do is only possible thanks to donations from the people of Cornwall and beyond. Their support keeps us flying every year and ensures we can be there for seriously sick and injured patients in their hour of need.

“When it comes to saving lives every minute matters. As we respond to more calls year on year, it’s important to be able to save time wherever possible to reach more people. We know a new air ambulance helicopter will allow us to do that, so we really hope everyone gets behind the New Heli Appeal this year and continues to help us save more lives in the years to come.”

You can show your support for Cornwall Air Ambulance by making an online donation at cornwallairambulancetrust.org/donate.

Photo - view from helicopter on a Scilly mission.

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