Prepped And Ready: Airmed Set For Rapid Coronavirus Transfers
6th April 2020
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, AirMed & GroundMed have the aeromedical capacity to assist in the efforts to transfer patients, with a fleet of aeromedical aircraft on standby.
Experts currently predict that Australia’s COVID-19 infection rate will continue to rise throughout April (with a peak towards the last week in April); leaving thousands of patients requiring treatment at hospitals located in regional hubs away from home. These patients could endure several hours drive. The requirement for more aircraft to assist in the Australian COVID-19 pandemic is clear. AirMed have the resources and fleet of dedicated aeromedical aircraft, crews and medical staff to air-lift patients and medical teams throughout the country.
“We are set up, and have the capability to transfer coronavirus patients, including cross borders with our strict infection control procedures in place” explains AirMed CEO Matthew Kline. “Airmed transports more than 3,000 patients each year, and has been doing so for over 25 years”
Flying patients from their hometown to a major hospitals is only part of the patient flow equation – beds and ventilators are in such high demand that the fast repatriation of patients back to their home town after treatment is just as important as getting them there in the first place. AirMed currently carry patients on both the incoming and outbound and have further capacity, by filling the return flights with recovered patients; beds and equipment are freed up faster, and more critical patients have access to those facilities.
With a fleet of more than 60 aircraft, 200 staff and bases all over Australia – AirMed and our partner companies Air Link & Chartair are uniquely equipped to assist during the Coronavirus crisis, using the strictest of hygiene standards. For more information on our services, or to speak with our operations team regarding a patient transfer, please visit our website or call us on (02) 8700 0685