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“The reason I wanted to get behind the New Zealand Flying Doctors and help out is because it’s something that so many Kiwis need, but it’s not until you actually need them that you become aware of it.”
Mission numbers have increased significantly in recent years resulting in a deficit between the government funding available through District Health Boards and the demand for the service.
A new purpose built patient oriented Emergency Air Facility has also increased costs and new technologies and training are available to enhance patient outcomes.
There are a total of 10 experienced nurses and two casual 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.
When required, a senior doctor can be drawn from the ICU to provide timely emergency care. The service also takes speciality staff on board such as paediatric doctors or midwives as required.
Becka was 27 weeks pregnant when she started to feel unwell; at Greymouth Hospital she was diagnosed with swine flu. Becka was put in an induced coma prior to taking her to Christchurch Hospital, where she spent the next week.READ MORE
After a medical incident at the wheel, the Byrne family just avoided two head on collisions and their car left the road.READ MORE
There are a number of transfers that we make regularly around the countryREAD MORE