New doc on board rescue chopper
THE North Coast Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has welcomed a new retrieval specialist doctor to the Helibase.
Doctor Anna Rogers, who is undergoing her emergency medicine speciality training will be based on average four-days a week at the helicopter base.
Dr. Rogers is part of the Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Department and is on loan to the rescue helicopter by the Health Department of NSW for six months.
Dr. Rogers was thrown into the role within hours of arriving at the Helibase with the helicopter being tasked to three jobs in her first 24 hours.
"I didn't have time to think, I was shown the basics and off we went," Dr Rogers said.
Anna said she was looking forward to her time with the helicopter as a personal and a medical challenge.
"I am also looking forward to the challenge of seeing first hand the environment our patients are in when we retrieve them.
"In the helicopter you have people needing a high level of care. Instead of being in intensive care we are in a helicopter," she said.
Aircrew chief Roger Fry welcomed Anna to the team.
"Anna is very keen and enthusiastic and is fitting in well with our team," Mr. Fry said.
When Anna's training is completed she will be available for inter hospital retrievals and primary missions on the rescue helicopter.