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Air Ambulance call outs to Malmesbury increased by 700 percent – Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance has revealed its call outs to Malmesbury last year.

In total throughout 2018, the charity’s critical care team attended an incident in Malmesbury 21 times, compared to 18 in 2017.

The team were also called out three times to Cricklade.

Throughout 2018 the demand for Wiltshire Air Ambulance increased, as its total missions rose by 26 percent.

Overall, the total number of missions undertaken in 2018 by Wiltshire Air Ambulance were 1,103, up by 228 on the previous year.

The charity’s helicopter flew 494 missions while its paramedics responded to 609 incidents in rapid response cars.

The largest number of call outs were to cardiac emergencies, 248, almost one in four of the total incidents, while 220, one in five incidents, were to crashes.

One in ten incidents, 109, involved children.

The team were also called to 62 sporting accidents with almost half, 28, involving horse riders.

Last week, the charity announced that its annual costs have risen by 15 percent to £3.75 million a year.

This means it has to raise just over £10,000 a day to keep its lifesaving service operational.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is not funded directly by the government and receives no National Lottery grants.

David Philpott, chief executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “The call out figures for 2018 show there was an increased demand for our essential lifesaving service.

“When our helicopter is unable to fly our critical care paramedics are available to respond to medical emergencies in Rapid Response Vehicles.

“These vehicles have the same specialist medical equipment that is on-board our helicopter.

“We are only able to keep saving lives thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses who make donations.

“If you would like to support us, please get in touch by calling the charity team on 01225 300536 or email hello@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk.”

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