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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

Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing
  • Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing
  • Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing

Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Twin engine, single pilot instrument rated air ambulance for 24 hours a day operations.
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, intensive care-type interior.
  • Cruises at 270km/hr, operating radius of 300km, 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.

Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing (single engine)
  • Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing
  • Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing

Eurocopter EC 130 B4 Rotor Wing (single engine)

  • Twin engine, single pilot instrument rated air ambulance for 24 hours a day operations.
  • Fully equipped with a dedicated, intensive care-type interior.
  • Cruises at 270km/hr, operating radius of 300km, 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.

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

Shirley Odendaal

Snr Service Coordinator

Shirley Odendaal

Shirley Odendaal

Snr Service Coordinator

Snr Service Coordinator

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Hangar Attendant

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Simphiwe Mthethwa

Hangar Attendant

Hangar Attendant

Stephanus Coetzee

Fixed Wing Pilot

Stephanus Coetzee

Stephanus Coetzee

Fixed Wing Pilot

Fixed Wing Pilot

Pamela Ngidi

General Assistant

Pamela Ngidi

Pamela Ngidi

General Assistant

General Assistant

Meshach Nehemiah

Driver

Meshach Nehemiah

Meshach Nehemiah

Driver

Driver

Nokuthula Mchunu

Receptionist

Nokuthula Mchunu

Nokuthula Mchunu

Receptionist

Receptionist

Kevin Donnellan

Rotor Wing Pilot

Kevin Donnellan

Kevin Donnellan

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Martin Kruger

Rotor Wing Pilot

Martin Kruger

Martin Kruger

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Receptionist

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Nokuthula Maphumulo

Receptionist

Receptionist

Pescott Pokwane

Hangar Assistant

Pescott Pokwane

Pescott Pokwane

Hangar Assistant

Hangar Assistant

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

Nokubonga Krwentela

EMS Operations Supervisor:KZN

Nokubonga Krwentela

Nokubonga Krwentela

EMS Operations Supervisor:KZN

EMS Operations Supervisor:KZN

Bongi Khumalo

Cadet Pilot

Bongi Khumalo

Bongi Khumalo

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

Ashleigh Clarke

Cadet Pilot

Ashleigh Clarke

Ashleigh Clarke

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

Yusuf Vahed

Cadet Pilot

Yusuf Vahed

Yusuf Vahed

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

Zelda Ntuli

Cadet Pilot

Zelda Ntuli

Zelda Ntuli

Cadet Pilot

Cadet Pilot

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

 

King Shaka Gallery

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.