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Cornwall Air Ambulance called to 1,144 missions in 2019

Cornwall Air Ambulance called to 1,144 missions in 2019

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 11th January 2020.

It has been revealed that the Cornwall Air Ambulance was called out to 1,144 missions last year alone.

New data released by the charity shows that the number missions in 2019 increased by more than 3% compared to 2018 - and are up more than 30% from 2017.

The helicopter flew on 764 missions, while the other 380 were responded to in the charity's rapid response vehicles. 

The critical care team attended 594 medical incidents and 527 trauma-related incidents across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

The crew also flew 23 inter-hospital transfers to ensure seriously ill patients could get the treatment they needed.

Cornwall Air Ambulance
Cornwall Air Ambulance was called out to 1,144 missions in 2019

"We have seen our missions increase quite dramatically in the last couple of years. 

"As a result, we have expanded our clinical team and are in the process of reviewing our operational flying hours to meet the demand for the service. 

"With the help of our supporters across Cornwall we will continue to develop our service in 2020 to give the best critical care we can to our patients."

Steve Garvey, Air Operations Officer at Cornwall Air Ambulance

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The number of missions is up by more than 30% in just two years

In 2019, the crew were tasked to 172 road traffic collisions across the county. 

Harry Maywood was one of those patients helped by the air ambulance crew following a serious collision near Looe. The teenager suffered a life-threatening head injury.

You can read more about about Harry's recovery, and how he met his rescuers, here.

As a charity, Cornwall Air Ambulance relies on public donations to fund the service each year.

Find out how to help here.

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