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Northern NSW : Winter 2014 redo
Helicopter retrieval team Photographed by AJM Photography Doctors take to the skies Since 12 March every primary mission undertaken by the Hunter-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has had a doctor on board. Fourteen specialist critical care doctors have joined the specialised paramedics. Director of the Hunter Retrieval Service, Dr Mary Morgan, said the specialist doctors can provide more specific and potentially lifesaving treatment. ‘ Paramedics work incredibly hard as first responders and now having doctors working with them will support their abilities to retrieve patients quickly,’ she said. Service General Manager, Richard Jones said the new look team had spent a considerable amount of time in training and developing their strategy to work together. ‘ T he Service is a benchmark provider of aeromedical care. Having doctors on board adds another vital link in the emergency care chain,’ he said. Paramedics and doctors are now rostered on at the Broadmeadow base 24 hours a day. This has enhanced mission response time. NSW Health Minister, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, has announced funding for doctors to be based in Tamworth and on board every flight from 2015. 5 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2014
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