Richards Bay

  • Richards Bay Base
  • Richards Bay Base
  • Richards Bay Base
  • Richards Bay Base

Established at Richards Bay Airport in December 2005, our base provides a helicopter emergency medical service for the whole Northern Zululand region, which has mountainous terrain and vast distances (an area of 15306 kilometers2 and a population of 823 657).

Working closely with the Richards Bay EMRS, this service transports critically ill or injured patients to definitive care. Rapid transfer of critically ill or injured patients by our advanced life support crew has huge advantages for patient outcome, as well as helps keep limited resources such as road ambulances and personnel in their communities.  From Manguzi to Durban by road ambulance can take 5 hours, whilst a helicopter transfer would take 1 and half hours.

Richards Bay 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.

Richards Bay Team

Johan Stone

Rotor Wing Pilot/Base Supervisor

Johan Stone

Johan Stone

Rotor Wing Pilot/Base Supervisor

Rotor Wing Pilot/Base Supervisor

Monica Cebekhulu

Hangar Attendant

Monica Cebekhulu

Monica Cebekhulu

Hangar Attendant

Hangar Attendant

Bradley Kinsey

Rotor Wing Pilot

Bradley Kinsey

Bradley Kinsey

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Carl-Heinz Niebuhr

Rotor Wing Pilot

Carl-Heinz Niebuhr

Carl-Heinz Niebuhr

Rotor Wing Pilot

Rotor Wing Pilot

Richards Bay Messages

At a joint workshop in June 2013 between the AMS, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health and the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine it was very encouraging
to experience the enthusiastic support of the senior managers of these institutions to take services to a new level. By firstly providing a financial contribution in addition
to the funding received from the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund, to introduce the Night Vision Systems to support the helicopter EMS programmes rendered from Durban
and Richards Bay and secondly enhancing the Outreach programme with clear objectives from the Department of Health and the full support of the Medical School and its
vast academic resources. We share the belief of Dr Sibongile Zungu (HOD, KZN Department of Health) that the aero-medical service model in KZN can and should serve as
a template for the country to assist with improving equitable access to healthcare in support of the National Health Insurance (NHI). The process of acquiring the Night
Vision Goggles (NVG’s), converting the helicopter interiors to be NVG compatible and the intense advanced training of the crews on night flying with NVG’s are now complete
and operationalised. I would like to thank the many individuals who have contributed towards making this modern technology available for the benefit of our patients.

Richards Bay Gallery

Introduction of Night Vision System into KZN operation

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has described the launch of the Night Vision Aero-Medical System as the radical transformation of the emergency health services in the country. He was reacting to the overwhelming response from the public following the launch in Richards Bay Airport on the 4th of September 2014. The launch was attended by MEC for Health Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo. The Night Vision Googles (NVG) is a specially designed pair of goggles that is generally used in a military environment and allows the user better visibility in night conditions. The aircraft interiors have been modified and training has commenced with all the AMS pilots being fully trained.  Its availability will greatly improve access and the delivery of advanced medical and trauma care to our patients and victims of motor vehicle collisions and those trapped in mountains. It has also resulted in the increase of the aero-medical hours of operations. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the KwaZulu-Natal Department and the Anglo American Chairman's Fund for investing in the NVG System to ensure that access and delivery of advanced medical care reaches those in far flung areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

The NVG system will assist in bringing essential health services to all our people, especially those in far flung areas. The KZN government want to ensure that by 2030 the Province of KwaZulu-Natal becomes a prosperous Province, with healthy, skilled and secure people, acting as a gateway to Africa and the world. The following hospitals already accessible to receive and dispatch night flights: Eshowe, KwaMagwaza (Melmoth), Ulundi Airfield (Nkonjeni), Ceza, Vryheid, Itshelejuba (Pongola), St Benedictine (Nongoma), Hlabisa, Mkuze Airfield (Bethesda), Mosvold, Manguzi, Mseleni, Dukuduku (St Lucia), Ngwelezane.

 

 

Introduction of Night Vision System into KZN operation

Introduction of Night Vision System into KZN operation

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has described the launch of the Night Vision Aero-Medical System as the radical transformation of the emergency health services in the country. He was reacting to the overwhelming response from the public following the launch in Richards Bay Airport on the 4th of September 2014. The launch was attended by MEC for Health Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo. The Night Vision Googles (NVG) is a specially designed pair of goggles that is generally used in a military environment and allows the user better visibility in night conditions. The aircraft interiors have been modified and training has commenced with all the AMS pilots being fully trained.  Its availability will greatly improve access and the delivery of advanced medical and trauma care to our patients and victims of motor vehicle collisions and those trapped in mountains. It has also resulted in the increase of the aero-medical hours of operations. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the KwaZulu-Natal Department and the Anglo American Chairman's Fund for investing in the NVG System to ensure that access and delivery of advanced medical care reaches those in far flung areas of KwaZulu-Natal.

The NVG system will assist in bringing essential health services to all our people, especially those in far flung areas. The KZN government want to ensure that by 2030 the Province of KwaZulu-Natal becomes a prosperous Province, with healthy, skilled and secure people, acting as a gateway to Africa and the world. The following hospitals already accessible to receive and dispatch night flights: Eshowe, KwaMagwaza (Melmoth), Ulundi Airfield (Nkonjeni), Ceza, Vryheid, Itshelejuba (Pongola), St Benedictine (Nongoma), Hlabisa, Mkuze Airfield (Bethesda), Mosvold, Manguzi, Mseleni, Dukuduku (St Lucia), Ngwelezane.

 

 

Richards Bay near drowning

The Richards Bay KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health EMS/AMS emergency helicopter was dispatched to a hot response at Sodwana Bay for a near drowning during the Easter Weekend. It was reported that a spear fisherman had blacked out under water and was pulled into the boat by his friends who accompanied him during his expedition and immediately started CPR. The patient was successfully revived and after full assessment and stabilisation was airlifted in a stable condition to Ngwelezana Hospital.

Richards Bay near drowning

Richards Bay near drowning

The Richards Bay KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health EMS/AMS emergency helicopter was dispatched to a hot response at Sodwana Bay for a near drowning during the Easter Weekend. It was reported that a spear fisherman had blacked out under water and was pulled into the boat by his friends who accompanied him during his expedition and immediately started CPR. The patient was successfully revived and after full assessment and stabilisation was airlifted in a stable condition to Ngwelezana Hospital.