CareFlight in back-to-back missions with men falling off roofs - CareFlight

CareFlight in back-to-back missions with men falling off roofs

Sunday 3 May 2020

CareFlight has today responded to two back-to-back taskings for missions involving men in their 60s who have fallen three metres from roofs at their Wahroonga and Dundas Valley residences.

Both men were taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

CareFlight’s Rapid Response Helicopter was first tasked shortly after 10:00am and landed in a Wahroonga oval where a passing SES volunteer drove CareFlight’s aeromedical team to the scene of the incident.

At the Wahroonga residence, NSW Ambulance paramedics were providing initial treatment to the 68-year-old man who had sustained serious head and chest injuries and fractured ribs.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic assessed the patient’s condition and prepared him for transport to hospital.

The man was taken by road ambulance in a serious condition to Royal North Shore Hospital under ongoing observation from CareFlight’s clinical team.

As CareFlight’s aeromedical crew was departing from the helipad at the hospital, they were tasked to a similar mission in Dundas Valley where a 63-year-old man had fallen through a pergola onto brick pavement.

Tasked at 11.35am, the helicopter landed just minutes later in a nearby park. NSW Police escorted the team to the scene of the incident to meet NSW Ambulance paramedics who were also arriving. Emergency services personnel from Fire and Rescue NSW were at the residence working to extricate the patient who had fallen into a steep slope in the garden.

CareFlight’s clinical team assessed the man’s head injuries and escorted him by road ambulance to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.