COVID-19: NSW Ambulance details readiness of new fleet, other resources to respond | Daily Liberal

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NSW Ambulance has confirmed that a short-term lease for a Dubbo-based helicopter at the height of last year’s COVID-19 outbreak has ended, and highlighted a suite of resources available to meet needs future. Among them is a new fleet of five “state-of-the-art aircraft” which took to the skies for the first time on January 1. At the end of September, a helicopter operated by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and leased by NSW Ambulance until mid-December arrived. at Dubbo. It was part of the organization that increased its resources in response to COVID-19. This week, a spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said the short-term rental of a Westpac-operated surge helicopter ended in mid-December. As COVID spreads again in western New South Wales – with more than 4,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the past seven days – the Daily Liberal asked the organization what measures it has put in place to respond to patients. “On January 1, NSW Ambulance began operating a new fleet of five state-of-the-art aircraft, enhancing NSW Ambulance’s fixed-wing operations, improving the speed of patient transport and reaching even more areas of the world. State, ”the spokesperson said. “Western NSW has received additional support with the addition of additional crews to our fixed-wing service operating out of Dubbo, in partnership with RFDS. The existing helicopter recovery network consists of nine operational helicopters located geographically throughout NSW and ACT, including Orange and Tamworth. “The fuel reserves and the speed of flight of these planes allow them to cross the surrounding areas. “Helicopters are deployed forward across the state as needed to meet additional needs. “NSW Ambulance is working closely with the Department of Health and local health districts to monitor demand and match resources to community needs.” Response teams have also been deployed in response to high pressure areas. demand, including the provision of additional aero-medical resources in metropolitan and regional areas and in support of rural health facilities. NSW Ambulance also continues to urge the community to only call triple zero for an emergency to ensure “that we can help the most urgent patients.” The spokesperson said if members of the public did not experience a medical emergency, they were urged to seek help from their GP, pharmacist or registered nurse available 24 hours a day at HealthDirect on 1 800 022 222. For those managing COVID-19 at home, NSW Health’s COVID-19 Care at Home Support A line is also available at 1 800 960 933. “We also ask patients waiting for an ambulance not to call Triple Zero back to unless their condition has changed “, specify the spokespersons. on said.