• Tony Bosworth

Kurrajong Heights emergency one of three back-to-back rescues for CareFlight crew

The Careflight helicopter and its crew hardly had a break today with three back-to-back incidents, including one in Kurrajong Heights when a man fell from his roof and impaled himself.

Kurrajong Heights man stabilised by ambulance paramedics and Careflight medical crew. Pic: Careflight

CareFlight was first tasked at 11:10am to Umina Beach where a 25-year-old driver had been hit by another vehicle while reversing her car. The woman had injuries and fractures to her chest, abdomen and leg.

Twenty minutes after the call, the helicopter landed in Ettalong Oval where NSW Police escorted the clinical team to the scene of the incident. NSW Ambulance paramedics had provided initial treatment and CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic performed a clinical assessment on her, including an ultrasound.

The patient was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition under ongoing observation from CareFlight’s clinical team.

While on the helipad of Royal North Shore Hospital, at 12:45pm the Rapid Response Helicopter was sent to Kurrajong Heights, where a 69-year-old man had been working on the roof of his home. The man had fallen three metres and impaled his back on a reinforcing bar.

At 1:15pm, the crew landed in the grounds of the property where NSW Ambulance paramedics were stabilising the patient. CareFlight’s specialist doctor and NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic examined the man and administered pain relief.

He was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition under the continuing care of CareFlight’s clinical team.

Shortly after, as the crew and helicopter returned to the hangar in Westmead, they were asked to take off again at 3:40pm, this time to Galston where a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike had fallen off. The boy had a head injury and fractures to the arm.

The helicopter landed in the grounds of the property 15 minutes later and assessed the patient’s condition. He was prepared for flight transfer to hospital.

The boy was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a stable condition.

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