One year on, CareFlight’s Patient Transport Service continues to serve the community.

Whether its 50km or 500km, getting to and from a major hospital for rural and remote patients requiring specialist care can often feel quite overwhelming.

Continuing a 32-year tradition of providing patient care and transport, CareFlight introduced its Patient Transport Service to help alleviate distance challenges faced by rural and regional patients across NSW.

Since its launch on April 16, more than 1150 people across northern NSW have used the Patient Transport Service, with the three most common reasons for transport being cardiac, neurology and oncology.

Coordinated by NSW Health and CareFlight’s HelpPoint, CareFlight’s CEO, Mick Frewen said the service has enabled CareFlight to extend its reach and help even more patients across NSW.

“The introduction of this service gives patients from regional areas access to the very best level of health care to meet their needs, while ensuring they are transported with the highest standards of patient care and safety,” he said.

“It has been wonderful to see the service delivering on this in the air and on the ground for the past 12 months.”