The Royal Flying Doctor Service WA has achieved 200 patient retrievals in the Fortescue Heli-Med Service EC145 helicopters since its launch 18 months ago.

This comes after RRT enabled The Heli-Med service to expand its area, when they donated 800L of weatherproof fuel bunds to the wheatbelt towns of Cunderdin, Katanning and Dalwallinu in September.

Months on, and we are now witnessing the impact these bunds are having on rural communities. Patients of all ages have used the service, including 13 babies and children aged 9 and under, and four aged in their 90s.

Pictured, is Hines Hill mother Jess Silver, whose daughter Lexie was the first baby transferred by the Newborn Emergency Transfer Service (NETS) using the Heli-Med service, flying from Merredin Oval to the rooftop heli-pad at PCH in just 45 minutes.

“The donation of the fuel bunds has allowed the Fortescue Heli-Med Service to carry the additional fuel reserves required on windy days to fly to Katanning, Cunderdin or Dalwallinu, pick up the patient and then onto a Perth tertiary hospital”.

Elaine Cadzow, Rotary Fleet Manager.

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