London’s Air Ambulance service treated 1866 patients in 2015, figures revealed on the26th of February, with paramedics and trauma doctors treating on average five critically injured people a day. Westminster was the busiest borough for the service, where 115 patients were treated, followed by Lambeth and Hackney, where 112 and 111 patients were treated respectively. Thirty patients were treated in Kensington and Chelsea.
A third of the injuries the service were called out for were caused by road traffic accidents, 29% by stabbings and shootings, and a quarter by falls.
Graham Hodgkin, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance, said: “The charity is here to serve everyone in London. 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. By releasing these statistics we are hoping to raise awareness of that fact.”