CareFlight in back to back helicopter missions

Friday 13 March 2020

CareFlight’s Rapid Response Helicopter crew have been busy this afternoon treating and transporting patients in Pennant Hills and East Kurrajong.

The first tasking was at 12.28pm to treat a woman in her 70s who had been hit by a car on Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills. The helicopter landed just minutes later at 12.44pm on an oval at nearby Mount St Benedict College near the scene. They joined NSW Ambulance paramedics and NSW Police who were already on scene and part-closed lanes of traffic so the woman pedestrian could be safely treated. The woman had sustained lacerations to her left leg and foot, and suspected possible head injuries. 

The clinical team assessed the woman and administered pain relief before transferring her to a road ambulance. She was taken by road, under the clinical supervision of the CareFlight doctor and critical care paramedic, to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition. 

The second Rapid Response Helicopter tasking was received just before 2pm to attend a single car crash in East Kurrajong. The 47-year-old female driver was the sole occupant of the car when it crashed, initially trapping her in the vehicle. 

NSW Police met the CareFlight clinical team of specialist doctor and critical care paramedic when they landed in a nearby paddock, conveying them directly to the scene. 

The woman sustained serious open lacerations to her leg, bruising and abrasions to her abdomen, chest, left arm and wrist. CareFlight’s clinical team administered pain relief to the woman before transferring her to the helicopter for the transfer to Westmead Hospital. NSW Police were also at the scene.