Revealed: Lambeth one of the busiest boroughs for London Air Ambulance callouts last year

Trauma doctors and paramedics from the London Air Ambulance were called to Lambeth more than any other borough in south west London last year.

Figures released today revealed the London Air Ambulance treated 113 people in Lambeth in 2015, the second highest figure in the whole of London — up by 20 from 2014.

Only the central London borough of Westminster was higher at 115 with Hackney a close third with 111 calls.

Graham Hodgkins, London Air Ambulance CEO, said: “While our statistics show that we were busier in some areas of the capital than others, trauma can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

“Trauma doesn’t have a postcode and neither do we.”

Neighbouring boroughs Southwark, Wandsworth and Merton were relatively low in comparison with 44, 38 and 31 visits respectively.

The south west London borough of Sutton had the second-lowest number of callouts at just 17.

In total, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people all over London, treated 1,826 patients last year.

CR0 was the third busiest postcode with 31 patients treated in 2015.

Of the 1,826 patients treated, the mechanisms of injury were broken down into:

– 33% (601) road traffic collisions

– 29% (528) stabbings and shootings

– 24% (433) falls

– 14% (264) other (including incidents on the rail networks, hangings and drownings)

Since their inauguration 27 years ago, the London Air Ambulance has reached more than 34,000 calls, and in 2015 were able to average five patients a day.

The charity recently launched a second helicopter that will aid them in their hope of reaching more emergencies in the future.

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Image courtesy of the London Air Ambulance, with thanks

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