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Busy Easter weekend for Devon’s air ambulances in North Devon

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

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Both of Devon’s air ambulances were busy over the Easter weekend dealing with several incidents in the North Devon area.

On Good Friday alone the air ambulances were called to four different incidents across the area.

The North Devon air ambulance, based at Eaglescott Airfield, had an early start when it was called to Chulmleigh at 7.59am.

A man was suffering from chest pains and was flown straight to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

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Just over an hour later, the Exeter-based aircraft was called to a woman suffering a ‘medical episode’ in Burrington.

The helicopter, which departed its base at Middlemoor at 9.22am, arrived on scene and conveyed the woman to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

A short time later crews were called to Dulverton on Exmoor. The helicopter was scrambled to reports of an unconscious woman at around 11.30am. The air ambulance’s paramedics provided treatment at the scene before the woman was taken hospital by land ambulance.

Later in the afternoon, the North Devon aircraft was called back into action when a teenage girl was thrown from her horse in Inwardleigh.

The incident occurred just before 2.45pm and the teenager was treated by paramedics from the air ambulance, which was first on the scene. She was then taken to hospital by land ambulance and the air ambulance returned to base.

On Saturday, the Exeter aircraft was tasked to reports of a toddler who had been ‘trampled on by a horse’ near Copplestone.

The helicopter was called to the incident, which occurred along a rural road between Copplestone and Crediton, at 4.31pm.

The young boy was treated by paramedics from the aircraft, which was the first response at the scene, before being taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by land ambulance.

On Easter Sunday, the North Devon air ambulance crew were scrambled to a child suffering chest pains in Bideford.

The boy, who has previous medical history, was flown to North Devon District Hospital at around 4pm.

On Easter Monday, the North Devon crew were called into action again.

The air ambulance flew from the Eaglescott base over to Bude just before 9am following reports a man had possibly suffered a stroke.

He was flown to North Devon District Hospital for treatment.

If you would like to share your story of work the air ambulance have carried out, get in touch by calling 01271 347432 or emailing eglanfield@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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