West Coast- May Mission Report
The month of May saw the West Coast Crew respond to 16 missions in total.
The Crew were tasked to 12 medical events, 4 accidents and 1 inter-hospital transfer throughout the month. Mission statistics slightly differed from recent monthly trends, the majority of call- outs for the West Coast Crew were responding to medical events (71%), followed by accidents (24%) and inter-hospital transfers (5%).
Speaking on a mission during COVID-19 lockdown, West Coast Crew member Kirsty Mann said, “We had a mission during the first week of COVID-19 lockdown to a motor vehicle accident and landed in the middle of the road in a residential area. There were a lot of people at the scene and watching from their front gardens, we were working in PPE, and when I got to the vehicle I realized i knew the injured patient and his son. We always want to do our best to treat and care for patients, but there’s added pressure when its someone you know.” Kirsty described this mission as one of the most memorable jobs she has been tasked to.
Similarly to Canterbury mission numbers were down throughout COVID-19. 71% of missions for the month occurred after COVID restrictions loosened with the announcement of Level 2 on the 14th May. All 4 accident related missions the crew were tasked to occured post Level 2 announcement (14th-31st May).
The crew flew to mission locations including Hari Hari, Lake Poerua, Reefton, Buller Medical and Westport Hospital to name just a few. The youngest patient the crew attended was a 9 month old and the oldest patient was a 95 year old.
Medical emergencies dominated the month for the crew who attended patients with medical issues including chest pain, PR bleed and a non-stemi. They were tasked to one motor vehicle accident during May after a collision with a pedestrian in Karoro/ AN 82 year old patient was transported to Chirstchurch Hospital for further treatment.