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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service hosting Back to Base event


Past patients who have been assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) across Northern NSW are invited to a special event at Belmont this weekend.

The patrons will receive the opportunity to visit and tour the Hunter base on Sunday 22 October, between 10am and 11.30am, as well as enjoy a morning tea.

It’s a chance to reunite these guests, known as Rescue Club Members, with the pilots, aircrew and the chopper’s critical care medical team who played a crucial role in their respective rescues.  

Acting chief executive officer James Lawrence explained “Back to Base” gave people a better understanding of how the service operated as a vital part of the state’s emergency care chain.  

“They are a very select group of individuals, whose day started out just like any other, only to take a turn that would remain etched in their minds forever,” he said. 

“For many of them, meeting and talking with service staff, medical crew, pilots and aircrew also helps them in the recovery process.  

“For others, it’s a way of connecting with people who have been in similar situations. 

“Our last Rescue Club functions were held in 2019, with the pandemic restricting base access for all but essential personnel since that time.  

“Now, after nearly four years, we are excited to welcome past patients back to meet those who played such a vital role in their lives.”  

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service operates in partnership with NSW Ambulance and NSW Health to deliver aeromedical and rescue services to those in need across a state-wide network.  

A NSW Ambulance critical care paramedic and NSW Health doctor are on board each AW139 aircraft, providing critical care where it is needed most.  

People who have been assisted by the service and are interested in attending should register at https://rescuehelicopter.com.au/events/rescue-club/ 

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