The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter has provided a retrieval and aeromedical rescue service to the ACT and Southern NSW since 1998.
The ACT Government Health Directorate provides the medical flight crew to the service from staff employed by the Capital Region Retrieval Service (CRRS).The medical crew are highly skilled Emergency, Intensive Care and Anaesthetic consultants and senior registrars.
This service is primarily an adult prehospital and retrieval service but is also responsible for paediatric prehospital care.It is key to providing a coordinated system approach to the care of critically ill & injured patientís throughout regional NSW.
The usual area of responsibility of the SouthCare helicopter extends from the Victorian border, west to Griffith and Hay, north to Sydney and down the east coast of New South Wales.
The majority of Regional NSW patients are retrieved to Canberra Hospital for definitive care. The retrieval service is activated by calling the Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval Service (AMRS) on 1800 650004.
Currently the service comprises of 14 medical staff which includes 10 Consultants and 4 Senior Registrars. There is also an Operations Coordinator and Office Manager who assist the clinical director in managing the service.
SouthCare also plays a significant role in search and rescue operations when required, e.g. people lost in the snow, bush walkers etc.
Our most famous occasion of this was shortly after the service began operating and resulted in bravery awards for outstanding life saving rescues during the infamous 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, a matter of great pride to the Canberra community.
Phone during business hours (02) 6244 3156.