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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
On each mission conducted by the Service, the helicopter and crew carry either Ambulance Intensive Care Flight Paramedics to the scenes of accidents or a Retrieval Doctor and Nurse from John Hunter or Tamworth Hospital for the inter-hospital transfer of patients. There are times however when a paramedic and a doctor will be tasked on the same flight Marathon flights Expert Care for New England North West depending on the nature of the injuries of the patient. Such was the case recently when an injured patient was flown directly to the John Hunter Hospital from Nowendoc. After handing the patient over to the Emergency Department the helicopter and crew flew to the Broadmeadow Base to refuel, Jet A1 for the aircraft and sandwiches and tea for the humans!!! Dr Michael O’Flynn was aboard from the Tamworth Hospital and his colleague on the mission was David McMillan based at Tamwor th Ambulance Station. Michael is an Emergency Registrar at Tamwor th Hospital and is tasked for an aero medical retrieval about once per week depending on his shifts. He has been involved in emergency medicine for 9 years. David is a 25 year long-serving member of the Ambulance Ser vice of NSW, his last 14 years based in Tamworth. The Tamworth Ambulance Station is called to 6 or 7 jobs per day and sometimes these involve the helicopter. At 4.00pm on Sunday 4 December the Bell 412EP was tasked to Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley to take a 25 yr old man who had sustained bad burns to his face, shoulders and back from cooking oil, to the John Hunter Hospital. Just after a change of shift at 6.00pm the next job was to Wauchope to retrieve two teenage girls involved in a two car motor vehicle accident on the Oxley Highway. Both had leg fractures and pelvic injuries. They were admitted to John Hunter at 8.00pm. Later that night at 10.30pm the same crew and helicopter were called to Narrabri to bring a 20yr old male to the John Hunter who sustained leg and spinal fractures after a motor bike incident. The crew landed at Narrabri at 12.30am. The aircraft took on board fuel at the Tamworth Base en route to Narrabri and on the return trip. They arrived back at Broadmeadow at 6.30am the next morning after 7.6 hours of flying time and 15.5 hours of duty time for the crew.This same patient was then transferred to Royal North Shore at 7.30pm on the same helicopter with a different crew. Dr Michael O’Flynn (left) and David McMillan about to board the New England North West helicopter at the Broadmeadow Base Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012 Page 7
Winter 2012 redo