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The Air Ambulance Paramedic - new blog post available

Posted by on March 16th 2015 in General charity, Operational, Patients

The Air Ambulance Paramedic - new blog post available

The Air Ambulance Paramedic is a blog written by our paramedic Dave Dungay.

Dave joined the aircrew at the end of 2014.  He wanted to document his journey from interview to the day to day life of an Air Ambulance paramedic so decided to keep a blog.

The latest instalment on exploring all that Dartmoor has to offer is available at theairambulanceparamedic.wordpress.com

Devon Air Ambulance Trust celebrates 2014 - letter to editors

Posted by on December 29th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, General discussion, Operational, Patients

Devon Air Ambulance Trust celebrates 2014 - letter to editors

At the end of every year, when we step back and look at what we have achieved I am always astounded at the amazing things that the community and businesses alike do in order to ensure their Air Ambulances have enough funding to keep flying. Thank you so much for your continued support.

This year has been yet another extraordinary one not only from a fundraising perspective but also in relation to operational developments.

We became truly independent in 2014.  The Charity through, its Trading Company, already owns both of our EC135 helicopters but in the past always relied on an external...

Familiarisation Training to New Helipad

Posted by on June 12th 2014 in Operational, Patients

Familiarisation Training to New Helipad

Recently there was a significant change in how the NHS manages critically ill and injured children within the South West, with all paediatric services moving to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC). As part of this reorganisation a new roof top helipad has been built on top of the Bristol Royal Infirmary which is linked by corridor to the BRHC. To enable our pilots to be prepared for flying patients to this new facility they have undertaken familiarisation.

We have also taken the opportunity to train with the hospital staff to ensure that the safe unloading of patients on this roof...

Jasper saves the day

Posted by on April 29th 2014 in Patients

Among the guests at a recent open day hosted by Devon Air Ambulance at their Eaglescott Airbase was Jasper, the beloved black labrador owned by Laura and Malcolm Thomas of Bridford, in the Teign Valley. Jasper was a guest of honour and was recently the recipient of an award by animal charity, PDSA.

PDSA’s Animal Bravery Awards programme recognises the contributions made by animals in society and the PDSA Commendation for Animal Bravery and Devotion was awarded to Jasper in recognition of his potentially lifesaving actions when his owner, Malcolm Thomas, collapsed unconscious outside the family home, hitting his head when...

Grandparents say thank you by volunteering and fundraising

Posted by on April 16th 2014 in Fundraising, Patients, Volunteering

Gillian and Mike Sexton from Tipton St John, near Sidmouth are Devon Air Ambulance Trust volunteers. They are also organising an event at the Exeter Golf & Country Club on Saturday 7 June in order to raise additional funds, as their way to say a very personal thank you.

Gillian explains “Our eldest grandson Callum was airlifted by Air Ambulance just hours after his home birth, after developing breathing problems.  Thankfully after spending the day in hospital undergoing tests he was given a clean bill of health and allowed back home.  It was, nonetheless, a very worrying time for his parents,...

Alice tells moving story

Posted by on April 11th 2014 in Patients

We received this lovely message on Facebook from 19 year old Alice who was airlifted when she was just a toddler. Alice gave us permission to share it with you all. Thanks so much Alice. We needed tissues in the office when reading and we are so grateful to you for getting in touch and sharing your experiences.

Alice said "Hello, This is my puppy 'mousey' supporting Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 

When I was 16 months old I sneaked out of my baby-sitter's home & I fell into a pond, I was discovered over ten minutes after being face down, the Devon...

Lend Lease supports Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Posted by on March 7th 2014 in business on board, Events, Fundraising, Operational, Patients

Devon Air Ambulance Trust's Fundraising Director Caroline Creer made a special visit to Lend Lease's London offices last week to collect a cheque for £10,000, raised at the Guvnors Club Christmas Charity Ball. The Guvnors Club is an internal club in Lend Lease which has been going for 84 years and organises various events for its members and raises money for charity..

Lend Lease is the global international property and infrastructure group behind some of London's largest mixed-use regeneration projects, such as the transformation of Elephant and Castle and The International Quarter in Stratford.

Katrina Lamberton, Project Manager at Lend Lease and...

Devons Air Ambulance tends to a patient in Somerset flood area

Posted by on February 28th 2014 in Operational, Patients

Last week our crew were called to the aid of an elderly male with a medical emergency in Somerset. Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance were already deployed helping a patient elsewhere. The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a water rescue team from the Fire Service were already on scene. 

Another job showing the fantastic working partnership of all concerned. These photos show just what a challenge the weather has had in general.

A fathers instinct

Posted by on December 23rd 2013 in Patients

When Olly Daglish collected his 3-year old daughter, Eliza, from nursery school one afternoon in September, he had no reason to suspect anything was wrong.

Just a short time later, however, he realised that Eliza seemed particularly tired and under the weather.  By late afternoon, not having perked up at all, little Eliza seemed ready for bed and, surprisingly, even fell asleep as her dad carried her up the stairs.

Tucking her in and still concerned, Olly watched for a few moments. Normally, after watching her fall asleep he would have left the room but instinct made him stay. He saw, to...

Cyclist falls from bike at speed

Posted by on December 23rd 2013 in Patients

Keen cyclist, Jim Scott, was enjoying a ride high up on Dartmoor on Saturday 7th December when, by his own admission, he took a bend ‘way too fast’ and ended up in a heap on the road.  The two fellow cyclists he was riding with rushed to his aid, with one dashing back up the hill to slow traffic down and the other calling the emergency services while staying with Jim.

Not knowing how badly he was hurt but unable to move his head, Jim lay still and awaited help.  Expecting it to arrive in the form of a land ambulance,...



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