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On the 28th of June 1998 in a joint venture with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, AMS undertook the first rural health outreach flight to Matatiele Hospital (on border of the Eastern Cape) on this day, the ‘Flying Doctor Service' in KZN was born.

The only member of the original team that started the programme is Kogie Naidoo, who is still at the helm and growing this service from strength to strength. The Flying Doctor Service now boasts two permanent aircrafts and a ground unit that goes out daily to support outlying health facilities with specialists and scarce resources that is needed.  Healthcare practitioners are sourced from the Provincial Departments of Health, doctors in private practice, religious groups and other non-governmental organizations or wherever the required expertise is offered.  Currently, AMS Kwa-Zulu Natal is supporting 44 hospitals with specialists every month and more than 20 000 indigent patients are the beneficiaries of the outreach programme through direct medical interventions. The 3 500 healthcare practitioners that are recipients of capacity building efforts annually, continue to increase the quality of healthcare in the system to benefit much more patients than the conservative figures quoted.   The daily teams that fly out, depending on the need may include general and specialist surgeons, ophthalmologists and optometrists, pediatricians, physicians, ENT's, psychiatrists, psychologists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, dermatologists, anaesthetists, orthopaedic appliances and many more.

Emergency aero-medical services contracted to the KZN Department of Health specifically the Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) is relatively new. In the past three years a service has been tailored to meet the needs of the province, with the KZN EMRS providing the medical expertise and equipment and AMS providing the Aircrafts, Pilots and logistical support including training of DOH staff. The aero-medical system comprises of two AS 350 B2 (squirrel) helicopters and a PC12 Pilatus Airplane exclusively for emergency medical responses. Here again the limited Advanced Life Support (ALS) human resources are spread throughout the province with the use of the aircrafts. Statistics over the 2007/8 year indicated that more than 860 patients was evacuated with the aero-medical system with more than 1300 flown in a combined total. This 24-hour service is set to grow into extended hours of operations (for helicopters) and also include rescue services in future.

The KwaZulu-Natal operations have much to be proud of, during the last year we have with our partners in health (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health) started the implementation of the second phase of helicopter night flying with Night Vision Goggles (NVG’s), rekindled the Pilot Development Programme, provided greater structure and refined the outreach system, re-established a strategic planning forum, consolidated a local management team and increased the efficiency of services we have jointly provided.

King Shaka Fleet

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

AgustaWestland 119Ke Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Air Ambulance and Rescue
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior, with sling and winch capacity with emergency floatation gear for operations over the sea.
  • Cruises at 250km/hr, operating radius of 200km, but can be utilised for further distances.
  • Has a capacity for two pilots, three crew members and one stretcher.
  • Utilised for mountain and surf rescues, as well as inter-hospital transfers and primary calls.

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

  • Fully equipped, 24-hour Air Ambulance, with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior.
  • Nine seater / with a capacity of up to three stretcher patients.
  • Pressurised cabin.
  • Cruises at ±450km/hr, can reach altitude of 30 000 ft, ideal operating range > 250km.
  • Perfect for short strip-landings.
  • Utilised for transporting personnel on the outreach service.

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

Pilatus PC-12 Fixed Wing (single turbine)

  • Fully equipped, 24-hour Air Ambulance, with a dedicated, mobile intensive care-type interior.
  • Nine seater / with a capacity of up to three stretcher patients.
  • Pressurised cabin.
  • Cruises at ±450km/hr, can reach altitude of 30 000 ft, ideal operating range > 250km.
  • Perfect for short strip-landings.
  • Utilised for transporting personnel on the outreach service.

King Shaka Team

Yolanda Huri

Administrative Assistant

Yolanda Huri

Yolanda Huri

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Dave Solomon

Fixed Wing Pilot

Dave Solomon

Dave Solomon

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot

Kogie Naidoo

Base Manager

Kogie Naidoo

Kogie Naidoo

Base Manager

Base Manager

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Hangar Attendant

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Hangar Attendant

Hangar Attendant

Pamela Ngidi

General Assistant

Pamela Ngidi

Pamela Ngidi

General Assistant

General Assistant

Nokuthula Mchunu

Receptionist

Nokuthula Mchunu

Nokuthula Mchunu

Receptionist

Receptionist

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Receptionist

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Receptionist

Receptionist

Charmaine Van Wyk

Rotor Wing Pilot

Charmaine Van Wyk

Charmaine Van Wyk

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Kim Watchurst

Rotor Wing Pilot

Kim Watchurst

Kim Watchurst

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Chris Szechenyi

Fixed Wing Pilot

Chris Szechenyi

Chris Szechenyi

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot

Yusuf Vahed

Fixed Wing Pilot

Yusuf Vahed

Yusuf Vahed

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot
Lethabo Vacu
Lethabo Vacu

Lethabo Vacu

Cadet Pilot

Lethabo Vacu
Lethabo Vacu

Lethabo Vacu

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot
Tony Tsonope
Tony Tsonope

Tony Tsonope

Cadet Pilot

Tony Tsonope
Tony Tsonope

Tony Tsonope

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot
Miemie Pienaar
Miemie Pienaar

Miemie Pienaar

Fixed Wing Pilot

Miemie Pienaar
Miemie Pienaar

Miemie Pienaar

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot
Jon Sargood
Jon Sargood

Jon Sargood

Senior Pilot

Jon Sargood
Jon Sargood

Jon Sargood

Senior Pilot

Senior Pilot
Poppy Hansraj
Poppy Hansraj

Poppy Hansraj

FDS Assistant

Poppy Hansraj
Poppy Hansraj

Poppy Hansraj

FDS Assistant

FDS Assistant

King Shaka Messages

Improving access to healthcare through emergency services has been a good story to tell for Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). Partnering with Air Mercy Service (AMS) for aero-medical services has proven to be a boost in the provisions of service for EMS within KZN due to the vast geological spread as well as poor road infrastructure and extremely long travelling distances to definitive medical facilities. Albeit that aero-medical services is very expensive resource, its value in terms of reach, far exceeds the expense. During the year under review, a total of 1278 calls were attended to utilising aero-medical services, as compared to 1204 in the previous financial year (2012/13).
 
The service has been invaluable to living up to the notion of the ‘golden hour’ in the trauma and accident cases as well as the transfer of neonates and pregnant mothers thus enhancing our efforts to SAVE MOTHERS AND BABIES. During 2013/14, night availability of the two rotor wing aircraft was introduced whereas previously these aircraft could only fly during day light hours. Night Vision Goggles (NVG) which revolutionise night flying, were purchased in order to ensure we are compliant with safety regulations. This will significantly improve the services provided, with particular reference to inter-facility transfers. Currently, there is training that is underway for the pilots and crew that will be utilising these goggles. Once fully implemented, it will improve access to emergency care, particularly at night and in the peripheral regions.
 
As a Department we are committed to ensuring that this service is enhanced and supported. The partnership with AMS has proven that together we can achieve much more when we work together for the same purpose.
 
Dr. Sibongile Zungu
Head of Department:
KZN Department of Health

 

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AMS KwaZulu-Natal 20th Anniversary
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KwaZulu-Natal 20th Anniversary Celebration

Guest of honour and keynote speaker, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo celebrated the 20 year partnership with the AMS and the recently launched National Lotteries Commission (NLC) funded mobile medical simulator at Durban Country Club. The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health celebrated 20 years of providing access to healthcare to the rural and urban communities of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). In what is described as one of the brilliant Department of Health initiatives the KZN aero-medical service has operated a Flying Doctor (Outreach) Service for the past 20 years in KwaZulu-Natal which now boasts one of the most comprehensive outreach programmes creating access to specialist health support throughout the Province. Starting off with one Pilatus PC 12, the first outreach clinic took place on the 8th of June 1998 at Matatiele Hospital. The notion of spreading limited specialist resources over a wider geographical area and also supporting outlying facilities through outreach services became a reality.
“KZN is an extremely mountainous and vast province. To travel from Kokstad to Durban, for instance, is about four and half hours. It’s the same with Manguzi to Durban. If you had to have a patient in Manguzi or Kokstad who has been examined and the doctors are saying he or she has poly-trauma, which means several critical injuries and bleeding, that patient can’t be assisted in a distant area. That patient needs to be connected to the machines, put in ICU, in a ventilator and receive more blood. That can only be done at a bigger hospital like Albert Luthuli. This advanced technology allows us to help patients who would otherwise have died, not to die anymore. The beneficiaries aren’t just the Department of Health, but the citizens of KZN. It is going to cause less panic… (for people) to know that even if, God forbid, I were to get into an accident in Nongoma, UMhlabuyalingana and Kokstad, I am safe because this Department is able to send this helicopter with this advanced technology to pick me up from there, and within 30 minutes I’m at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Our mandate is to ensure A Long and Healthy Life for All South Africans. We treat those who are ill and injured, in the far-flung areas, this is the best facility for our province” said Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo MEC for Health KZN. Images courtesy Brian Spurr.

KwaZulu-Natal 20th Anniversary Celebration
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KwaZulu-Natal 20th Anniversary Celebration

Guest of honour and keynote speaker, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo celebrated the 20 year partnership with the AMS and the recently launched National Lotteries Commission (NLC) funded mobile medical simulator at Durban Country Club. The AMS in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health celebrated 20 years of providing access to healthcare to the rural and urban communities of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). In what is described as one of the brilliant Department of Health initiatives the KZN aero-medical service has operated a Flying Doctor (Outreach) Service for the past 20 years in KwaZulu-Natal which now boasts one of the most comprehensive outreach programmes creating access to specialist health support throughout the Province. Starting off with one Pilatus PC 12, the first outreach clinic took place on the 8th of June 1998 at Matatiele Hospital. The notion of spreading limited specialist resources over a wider geographical area and also supporting outlying facilities through outreach services became a reality.
“KZN is an extremely mountainous and vast province. To travel from Kokstad to Durban, for instance, is about four and half hours. It’s the same with Manguzi to Durban. If you had to have a patient in Manguzi or Kokstad who has been examined and the doctors are saying he or she has poly-trauma, which means several critical injuries and bleeding, that patient can’t be assisted in a distant area. That patient needs to be connected to the machines, put in ICU, in a ventilator and receive more blood. That can only be done at a bigger hospital like Albert Luthuli. This advanced technology allows us to help patients who would otherwise have died, not to die anymore. The beneficiaries aren’t just the Department of Health, but the citizens of KZN. It is going to cause less panic… (for people) to know that even if, God forbid, I were to get into an accident in Nongoma, UMhlabuyalingana and Kokstad, I am safe because this Department is able to send this helicopter with this advanced technology to pick me up from there, and within 30 minutes I’m at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Our mandate is to ensure A Long and Healthy Life for All South Africans. We treat those who are ill and injured, in the far-flung areas, this is the best facility for our province” said Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo MEC for Health KZN. Images courtesy Brian Spurr.

Toyota Forklift Sponsorship

The KwaZulu - Natal base would like to take this opportunity of thanking Toyota Forklift for their generous donation of R28 729 towards the refurbishment of the Toyota Tug. A special thank you to Myen Naidoo for his efforts in making this possible and for his offer to service the Tug, at no cost to AMS. We are proud to be associated with Toyota Forklift and look forward to a long working relationship with them. A special thank you to Jan Badenhorst for being instrumental in the refurbishing of the tug and Hayden Ford for the design.

"What an exhilarating experience when delivering your ‘newly refurbished’ tug motor yesterday. It was our privilege to part of this awesome iniative. When we were initially approached by your Engineer Jan, we readily accepted to refurbish your machine as we felt it was an opportunity to give back, as we learnt of the fantastic work that the AMS Red Cross does with Outreach Programme of flying doctors around the needy in KZN, we now truly value the dedication and the passion of your team!

Together with an awesome team of technicians, our preferred engineering service provider, Danco Engineering (Who did all the modifications), the other support technicians, the Spraybooth Team and my Workshop supervisor, Lionel Perumal we managed to refurbish your machine to the standards that we decided will be fitting. It has always been our values as a company, apart from being market leaders servicing the Materials Handling Industry, we will always be ready to reach out, as and when needed to.

I speak for my entire team: We hope and pray that your entire team are always blessed with strength to continue servicing the needs of our people in South Africa…….Once again, we are proud to do our small bit in assisting you in your mammoth job of helping those in need. God Bless"

Myen Naidoo, TOYOTA FORKLIFT Manager - Service Dept

Toyota Forklift Sponsorship

Toyota Forklift Sponsorship

The KwaZulu - Natal base would like to take this opportunity of thanking Toyota Forklift for their generous donation of R28 729 towards the refurbishment of the Toyota Tug. A special thank you to Myen Naidoo for his efforts in making this possible and for his offer to service the Tug, at no cost to AMS. We are proud to be associated with Toyota Forklift and look forward to a long working relationship with them. A special thank you to Jan Badenhorst for being instrumental in the refurbishing of the tug and Hayden Ford for the design.

"What an exhilarating experience when delivering your ‘newly refurbished’ tug motor yesterday. It was our privilege to part of this awesome iniative. When we were initially approached by your Engineer Jan, we readily accepted to refurbish your machine as we felt it was an opportunity to give back, as we learnt of the fantastic work that the AMS Red Cross does with Outreach Programme of flying doctors around the needy in KZN, we now truly value the dedication and the passion of your team!

Together with an awesome team of technicians, our preferred engineering service provider, Danco Engineering (Who did all the modifications), the other support technicians, the Spraybooth Team and my Workshop supervisor, Lionel Perumal we managed to refurbish your machine to the standards that we decided will be fitting. It has always been our values as a company, apart from being market leaders servicing the Materials Handling Industry, we will always be ready to reach out, as and when needed to.

I speak for my entire team: We hope and pray that your entire team are always blessed with strength to continue servicing the needs of our people in South Africa…….Once again, we are proud to do our small bit in assisting you in your mammoth job of helping those in need. God Bless"

Myen Naidoo, TOYOTA FORKLIFT Manager - Service Dept

Celebration of 10 years of service to the community of KwaZulu-Natal

AMS in partnership with the Provincial Department of Health celebrates 10 years of service to the community of KwaZulu-Natal.

As part of the 10 year celebration of services to the community of KwaZulu-Natal an official function to thank and acknowledge all the volunteer healthcare practitioners and other stakeholders who have made the programme a success took place on the 20th of November 2008 at the Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom. This high profile was attended by the Provincial MEC for Health Peggy Nkonyeni, Heads of Departments as well as more than 200 doctors that participate in the programme.

The event was kindly sponsored by Agusta Westland.

Celebration of 10 years of service to the community of KwaZulu-Natal

Celebration of 10 years of service to the community of KwaZulu-Natal

AMS in partnership with the Provincial Department of Health celebrates 10 years of service to the community of KwaZulu-Natal.

As part of the 10 year celebration of services to the community of KwaZulu-Natal an official function to thank and acknowledge all the volunteer healthcare practitioners and other stakeholders who have made the programme a success took place on the 20th of November 2008 at the Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom. This high profile was attended by the Provincial MEC for Health Peggy Nkonyeni, Heads of Departments as well as more than 200 doctors that participate in the programme.

The event was kindly sponsored by Agusta Westland.