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SouthCare Helicopter hits 4,000 missions

johnboy 2 November 2010 11

Southcare helicopter [Photo taken yesterday by Devil_n_Disquiz]

Simon Corbell is congratulating the team at the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter on completing their 4,000th mission since the service started operating on 1 October 1988.

The 4000th mission was completed over the weekend with the retrieval of a man from south eastern New South Wales with sever chest injuries to Canberra for treatment.

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter covers a diverse area including a large portion of south eastern New South Wales.

“The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter is responsible for saving hundreds of lives and providing medical assistance to many who live is remote and hard to access areas,” Mr Corbell said.


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Devil_n_Disquiz Devil_n_Disquiz 1:31 pm 03 Nov 10

Thx basketcase. Appreciate the comment 🙂

boo boo boo boo 9:29 am 03 Nov 10

I think it’s comforting to know the service is there ready to respond to emergencies in the ACT. The chopper ranging into south-east NSW only ensures the service is consistently utilized and as MR Evil wrote NSW contributes for the choppers use anyway.

basketcase basketcase 7:34 pm 02 Nov 10

Good shot of a hover. The turbine exhaust is forced down, blurring the background.

MERC600 MERC600 5:41 pm 02 Nov 10

But I still wonder why the chopper was based here, and not in our neighbouring city, considering it’s main sole purpose is to transport the folk of New South Wales.

Mr Evil mentions that “The NSW Govt also pays a portion of the operating cost of the SouthCare helicopter.” Do we know what this portion is ? Well might not it be better if the chopper was in NSW, and WE paid a portion of the operating costs that is used on our citizens. After all we (fortunately ) hardly use the service. NSW dud us out of dough by using our hospital, and is the chopper service another example?

s-s-a s-s-a 2:49 pm 02 Nov 10

IIRC from the last Open Day I attended, something like 70% of Southcare missions are “transporting”… however this heading encompasses newborns and country accident victims/acute patients who have already been born/admitted/stabilised in regional hospitals but need higher level treatment.

In addition to the speed of the transport, using Southcare also means that NICU/intensive care/paramedic expertise and equipment are brought TO THE PATIENT in advance of their arrival at TCH.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:48 pm 02 Nov 10

carnardly said :

rescuing? Or just transporting patients from regional hospitals?

If someone’s condition is bad enough, yes, the helicopter will be called out to transport them to either Canberra Hospital, or in some cases to Sydney.

I’m sure if you were in a really bad way, you too would appreciate the difference an hour long helicopter flight could make to your chances of survival, compared to a three hour ambulance road trip.

carnardly carnardly 1:37 pm 02 Nov 10

rescuing? Or just transporting patients from regional hospitals?

s-s-a s-s-a 1:36 pm 02 Nov 10

There’s nothing quite like hearing the drone of that Bell 412 on a cold, still Canberra night/morning as it heads out on another potentially life-saving mission

Yup. Very sobering every time we hear it heading out over Weston Creek, then back a couple of hours later making a bee line for Woden.

After so many trips, we can usually identify any chopper that isn’t Southcare.

Sometimes the way that the sound carries is surprising. One morning last autumn I was walking at Narrabundah Hill and could hear the chopper engine so loud I could swear it was taking off from over the back near Rivers bushfire shed… turned out it was way up high bound for TCH from over beyond the Brindies.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:05 pm 02 Nov 10

MERC600 said :

Well I did wonder why the chopper was based here in the ACT, and not NSW.
I have heard it has been used a couple of times in the Namadgi park, but surely 99.9% of the time it’s rescuing the good people of New South Wales.

Maybe because Canberra Hospital is the biggest hospital in the region, and some of the SouthCare helicopter’s missions involve patient transfers to/from that hospital?

The NSW Govt also pays a portion of the operating cost of the SouthCare helicopter.

There’s nothing quite like hearing the drone of that Bell 412 on a cold, still Canberra night/morning as it heads out on another potentially life-saving mission.

MERC600 MERC600 12:35 pm 02 Nov 10

Well I did wonder why the chopper was based here in the ACT, and not NSW.
I have heard it has been used a couple of times in the Namadgi park, but surely 99.9% of the time it’s rescuing the good people of New South Wales.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:59 am 02 Nov 10

Mmmmmm, and I still recall some local MLAs who reckoned this service wouldn’t be needed in the ACT region, and who said that it wasn’t worth spending money on!

“The 4000th mission was completed over the weekend with the retrieval of a man from south eastern New South Wales with sever chest injuries to Canberra for treatment.”

My God, he severed his chest – how the hell do you do that without it being fatal?????

Do any of the talentless muppetts in the Chief Minister’s Dept ever bother proof-reading these media releases before releasing them; or are they all too busy kissing arse, twittering, and chatting on Facebook?

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