THE TEAM:

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.

An Intensive Care Consultant oversees all transfers and provides clinical support 24/7.

St John paramedics are also an important part of the team when a mission integrates with the rescue helicopters – and certainly not to be forgotten are the highly experienced ten fixed-wing pilots who require specialised training to fly air ambulances. Together, this extended network of professionals ensures that the level of care afforded to the patient throughout the transfer is never compromised.

 

“When someone has gone off the road, had a crash, the paramedics will head off in the helicopter, but if someone who was in Greymouth or Invercargill battling an infection and in a desperate state the paramedics are our buddies and we love them dearly but that’s not their skill set; that’s where our team of flying doctors come in!”

Dr. David Bowie
Intensive Care Specialist & Clinical lead of NZFD service & Chair of the NZFD trust

Dr Katherine Townsend
Intensive Care Specialist

Dr Neil Davidson
Intensive Care Specialist

 

A team of highly skilled, experienced DHB Flight nurses:

 

Shane Mckerrow
Christchurch

 

Pete Daniels
Christchurch

 

Kimberley Earle
Christchurch

 

Francine Buick
Christchurch

 

Christchurch Nurses:

  • Del Rattray
  • Garry Robinson
  • Graeme Webster
  • Helen Poole
  • Louise Jacobsen
  • Nico Gresnigt
  • Rachel Brinson
  • Rachel Lauchlan
  • Rachel Riach
  • Patrice Rosengrave
  • Will Snowden
  • Heather McCurdy

The Aviation Team

A team of highly skilled and qualified pilots are available 24/7. John Currie is the founder of GCH Aviation; his son Andrew Currie is the CEO and Daniel Currie is the CFO.

Arthur Ruddenklau
Operations Manager & Pilot

 

Scott Karon
Pilot

 

“As Pilots we are a part of the team, we help with patients to keep them calm- we plan the flight path and consider if we need to adjust the altitude, depending on what is wrong with the patient. I like seeing their faces when we get there safe and sound.”

Greg Van Gorondelle
Pilot- Christchurch

Christchurch Pilots:

  • David Ford
  • Matthew Hayes
  • Alex Wilkinson
  • Grant Mitchell
  • Mark Pettigrew
  • Ryan Hennessy
  • Matt Hayes
  • Grant Mitchell

Nelson Pilots:

  • Rupert Maclachlan
  • Tim Johnson
  • Alex Wilkinson
  • Travis Tennett
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