Friday 23 October 2020
The CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter has been tasked by NSW Ambulance to three back-to-back missions in Umina Beach, Kurrajong Heights and Galston today.
CareFlight was first tasked at 11:10am to Umina Beach where a 25-year-old driver had been struck by another vehicle while reversing her car. The woman sustained injuries and fractures to her chest, abdomen and leg.
Twenty minutes after being tasked, the CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter landed in Ettalong Oval where NSW Police escorted the clinical team to the scene of the incident. NSW Ambulance paramedics had provided initial treatment and CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic performed a clinical assessment on her, including an ultrasound.
The patient was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition under ongoing observation from CareFlight’s clinical team.
While on the helipad of Royal North Shore Hospital, at 12:45pm the CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter was tasked to another incident, in Kurrajong Heights, where a 69-year-old man had been working on the roof of his residence. The man had fallen three metres and impaled his back on a reinforcing bar.
At 1:15pm, the aeromedical crew landed in the grounds of the property where NSW Ambulance paramedics were stabilising the patient. CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic examined the man and administered pain relief.
He was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition under the continuing care of CareFlight’s clinical team.
Shortly after CareFlight’s aeromedical team returned to the hangar based in Westmead, the crew was tasked at 3:40pm again, this time to Galston where a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike had fallen from it. The boy sustained a head injury and fractures to the arm.
The CareFlight Rapid Response Helicopter landed in the grounds of the property 15 minutes later and assessed the patient’s condition. He was prepared for flight transfer to hospital.
The boy was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a stable condition.