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Devon Air Ambulance flies its 27,000th mission

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Devon Air Ambulance attended its 27,000th mission last week as staff continue to help injured people across the county.

The service was called out last Monday to help a patient who had suffered chest injuries after being crushed by a cow.

Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance says “The advantage of travelling by air is that we don’t get caught up in traffic jams or in narrow country lanes. This means we get our critical care specialist paramedics and doctor to the patient as quickly as possible, which can make a huge difference to patient outcome."

On this occasion, after assessing the patient and assisting the land ambulance crew with treatment, the patient's condition was best suited to travel by road to the RD&E Hospital in Exeter.

– Nigel Hare
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Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance says the service has reached several landmarks in recent weeks, "from assisting our 100th patient in the dark, opening the 100th Community Landing Site, to announcing that 2018 was our busiest year ever, helping 1,109 patients".

I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to our amazing supporters, donors, staff, crews and volunteers across the community. None of what we do would be possible without any of them.

– Heléna Holt