Horncastle

Air ambulance battles snow to rescue casualties

Crews from the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance battled treacherous conditions to rescue two patients after life-threatening incidents.

The air ambulance’s helicopter was sent out to two serious incidents on Thursday and airlifted patients to hospital.

The helicopter flew to Cresswell at 1pm to airlift a woman in her 80s to Sheffield Northern General Hospital.

They were then immediately sent back out on a second mission to airlift a man in his 30s suffering a cardiac arrest in Horncastle to Lincoln County Hospital’s specialist heart centre.

The Air Ambulance was dispatched to rescue two patients at Cresswell & Horncastle on Thursday. Photo: Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

 

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance chief executive officer Karen Jobling said: “On days like yesterday when roads were simply not passable due to extreme weather conditions, the only option in a rural life-threatening emergency is our helicopter.

“We really can be the difference between a seriously ill or injured patient getting to hospital or not. The skill of our pilots made this possible, despite atrocious weather conditions.

“We also have the unique benefit of being able to deliver the equivalent of an A&E department to the scene, including a doctor, paramedics and blood, giving the most serious of patients that we respond to the very best chance of survival possible.”