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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Hunter New England local health district The Hunter Retrieval Service Bringing critical care services to your region The Hunter Retrieval Service (HRS) is par t of the NSW regional retrieval network and predominately ser vices the Hunter New England and Mid Nor th Coast regions of NSW but may be deployed to other regions if required by the NSW retrieval network. The ser vice is capable of providing medical retrievals for critically ill adults and children, moving the majority of these patients for further critical care management to the major regional tertiary centre at the John Hunter Hospital or Calvar y Mater Hospital in Newcastle. The HRS also provides critical care advice for doctors and nurses in the region’s hospitals. Each year the HRS is asked to move up to 600 patients across the region and about half of these are transported by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service from either Tamworth or Newcastle. Most often, transported patients are those with trauma injuries and On the 8th June, two 14 year old boys from the Central Coast went missing following a venture on the Great North Walk. On dusk, the boys became disorientated and called their parents from a mobile phone, their parents alerting the Police. Following a 2 hour aerial search operation by a Police helicopter (Pol-Air), the boys were located in dense bushland near Wondabyne on the southern end of the Central Coast. At approx 6pm The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked through Pol-Air to undertake a hoist operation using night vision goggles. At approx 7.30pm, dressed only in their school uniform, the boys were airlifted unharmed and transported to a road ambulance in a park at Woy Woy. The boys were treated for mild hypothermia. Director Dr Mary Morgan (centre)Dr Amit Khan an Intensive Care Fellow (right) with Coordinator Janet Maher (left). require specialist neurosurgical, cardiothoracic, vascular or paediatric care. The other retrievals are done by NSW Ambulance Service and NSW Air Ambulance. In each case a retrieval nurse and doctor is ‘hot-loaded’ onto the helicopter from either the John Hunter or Tamworth Base hospitals. At the John Hunter there are 12-15 doctors and 32 nurses trained to be rostered on 24 hours a day for this work. Patients are transported back to the JHH where there are 15 intensive care beds with an ‘o ccupancy rate’ of over 90%. The Director of the HRS is Dr Mary Morgan who has specialized in emergency medicine in New Zealand where she graduated from medical school, the UK and now Australia. She has been with the HRS since 2005 and director since March 2011. The HRS Retreival Coordinator is Janet Maher a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Janet began nursing in 1978, specialising in intensive care in 1981 and became a retrieval nurse in 1984. She has been Coordinator since 2005. For more information about HRS go to www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/ retrieval Two boys winched from bush Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2011 Page 11
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