Devon’s air ambulances busy again in North Devon
Both of Devon’s air ambulances have been busy dealing with incidents across North Devon this week.
On Monday, the North Devon air ambulance, based at Eaglescott Airfield, was called over to Croyde after a woman started suffering chest pains.
The helicopter was deployed to the scene at 1.52pm and transferred the elderly woman to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Later in the afternoon, the Exeter air ambulance, based at Middlemoor, was deployed to Winkleigh.
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The air ambulance service said it was called at around 2.50pm after a man suffered a “medical emergency”. He was treated at the scene by paramedics from the helicopter and from a rapid response vehicle. The helicopter was not required to fly the casualty to hospital as he was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by land ambulance.
Also on Monday, the Eaglescott air ambulance was called to Chawleigh after a man fell from a roof. The air ambulance arrived on scene within four minutes of being deployed at 4.30pm and flew the casualty to the major trauma centre at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
On Tuesday, the North Devon air ambulance was called into action when a man started suffering chest pains in Holsworthy.
The air ambulance was deployed from Eaglescott Airfield at around 1.47pm and collected the casualty from the town before flying him to North Devon District Hospital.
Later in the afternoon, the Eaglescott-based air ambulance was called out again.
The helicopter was asked to transfer a female patient from North Devon District Hospital to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The patient needed specialist treatment at a Myocardial Infarction unit at Exeter and was transferred directly to the centre.
This week's call-outs followed a busy weekend for the air ambulance, which responded to six incidents in North Devon last Friday and Saturday.