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New Zealand’s flying intensive care unit.

The NZ flying doctors is an intensive care unit with highly trained medical staff and specialist equipment. Our patients receive a seamless level of care from bed to bed. We operate 24/7 transfer services for critical care burn victims, spinal injury patients, neonatal transfers, trauma victims, surgery transfers, and blood + equipment supplies.



Our impact

The New Zealand Flying Doctor Service could not provide critical care patient services between hospitals without the generous support from our community.

Patients transported in 2024 up until 30 June
On average we are flying 115 patients per month
Flight numbers increasing year on year
NFD in the hangar

Sam Whitelock

New Zealand Flying Doctors Ambassador

NZFD plane in flight mountain view

Gifts in Wills


NZ Flying Doctor Service
Mission Types

There are a total of 22 experienced flight nurses who currently work in the Christchurch Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who are scheduled on a 24 hour roster as part of the Air ambulance Retrieval Team.


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