Midlands Air Ambulance team scoop top award

Midlands Air Ambulance aircrews have been recognised at the industry ‘Oscars’, the Ambulance Service Institute Annual Awards Ceremony.

The top industry awards were held in the prestigious surroundings of the House of Lords and were hosted by Baroness Browning.

MAAC were awarded ‘Air Ambulance Team Award’ in recognition of the crews response to an incident in Lucton, Herefordshire in February this year. All three Midlands Air Ambulance aircraft formed an integral part of a broader team that included an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS emergency doctor who responded to a fatal RTC.

Valentine’s Day 2012 will go down as an extremely sad one in the lives of all those who attended a horrific car crash in Lucton, Herefordshire. A car with a mother and three children in it had collided with a tractor.  The paramedic who was first on scene had the horrific task of assessing four critically injured patients. 

As details of the incident started to filter through, all three helicopters operated by Midlands Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene along with ambulances and a BASICS Doctor. As the ambulance staff arrived they divided their roles so that they could deal most effectively with complexity of the case. 

Sadly one boy was confirmed dead at the scene, but two of his younger brothers and mother were airlifted to the major trauma centres at Birmingham Children’s and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Sadly, despite the extraordinary efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, the mother did not survive; thankfully the boys are recovering well.

Dr Nick Crombie, one of the doctors on-board the air ambulance said; "To be faced with four critically injured patients, has to be the worst nightmare for any member of the ambulance service. The initial response from the land crews is what makes it possible for us to make best use of the helicopters. I would also pay tribute to Dr Malcolm Russell who also helped at the scene and flew with one of the critically injured children.

I am incredibly proud of all of the crews and pilots who worked that day. We are also very lucky to have the support of the public who raise a phenomenal amount of money each year that allows us to keep flying.  Without their generosity, it wouldn’t be possible.

Out of this tragedy came some hope. The fact that we were able to save two of the children has, I know, helped the family to cope with devastation of losing two of their loved ones."

Hanna Sebright, Chief Executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added; "We are very proud of all of the crews involved. This incident demonstrates the absolute necessity for an air ambulance service in major trauma situations. It also highlights how well the crews of the aircraft work with the staff of West Midlands Ambulance Service."

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.