September proved to be another busy month for Cornwall Air Ambulance with its crew carrying out 87 missions to people in need of urgent medical care throughout the county and the Isles of Scilly.

Throughout September a total of 73 missions were flown in the air ambulance helicopters and 14 were carried out using the charity’s critical care cars.

Medical emergencies accounted for 46 missions, including 29 people suffering from heart related problems. There were also 36 missions to people who suffered serious injuries, including 15 traffic accidents and ten serious trips and falls.

Cornwall Air Ambulance, a charity funded by donations, also responded to a man who had suffered a lumbar spine fracture after falling from a height near St Austell. He was treated at the scene and air lifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

A farmer was hurt while working on a farm at Liskeard resulting in a severe crushed foot injury. The air ambulance treated them on scene and air lifted them to Derriford Hospital; and at Callington a rear seat passenger suffered a fractured leg after being in a road traffic collision. They were treated at the scene and air lifted to Derriford for further treatment.

Each year, the crew of Cornwall of Air Ambulance carries out more than 700 lifesaving missions, costing an average of £4,000 per mission. The charity doesn’t receive any government funding towards its running costs and so relies on donations to carry out its work.