The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has launched its annual End of Financial Year Appeal and we urge you to do your part to keep this vital service in the air.
Every year the Service helps countless people across Northern NSW. No-one understands this more than NSW Health Doctor Rob Bartolacci. Dr Rob is a member of the onboard Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team and every time they head out on another call, he experiences firsthand the vital role the Service plays in saving lives.
“It’s hard to imagine a person that hasn’t been touched directly or indirectly by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter,” Dr Rob said.
“The outcome for our patients is our primary goal. We take their best chances of survival to them, and without this their outcomes would be significantly different.”
“We have the world’s most technically advanced aeromedical aircraft, that’s basically a mobile intensive care unit. We can give an anaesthetic, provide pain relief or a lifesaving blood transfusion. We can support someone’s breathing, support their heart…we can even re-start their heart. All this happens in major hospitals every day. The difference is, we do it in the air,” Dr Rob concluded.
In the first 4 months of 2021 the Service’s three bases at Newcastle, Tamworth and Lismore have flown over 500 missions and on average, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flies over 1500 missions a year, including responding to emergency Triple Zero (000) calls, inter hospital transfers and search and rescue. Every day the Service is proud to deliver the very best in aeromedical support for those in need 24-7.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones OAM said they hoped by sharing Dr Rob’s insight into the lifesaving capabilities of the aircraft and its Medical Team it would show the broader community how the Service is there for everyone who needs it.
“We are there to serve the community, but now we are seeking the support of the community to once again to help us to raise the vital funds needed to keep the Service flying across Northern NSW,” said Jones.
“Each year the community is so generous in support and I hope that thanks to Dr Rob they can see where this support goes and the potential every donation, large or small, has to change people’s lives. This truly is a community run service and every year we see that a little from many goes a long way and we are ever so grateful for the continued support.”
“We are mindful however that across Northern NSW, having endured COVID, drought, bushfires and most recently the flooding on the Mid North Coast, donation support may be difficult for many. We are all in this together and we hope our Appeal reaches out to everyone, with those who are able, taking the opportunity to make their support count. We are very conscious that not everyone is in a position to donate but we will be very grateful to those that can,” Jones concluded.
|The community can make donations to the Service’s Appeal at rescuehelicopter.com.au/appeal or by FREECALL 1800 155 155.|