• Rapid aero-medical transportation

    Our emergency team ensures the rapid transportation of patients who are critically ill or injured.

  • Flying Doctor & Rural Health Outreach Service

    Provides delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities.

  • Specialised technical rescue service

    Provides specialised  medical, mountain & surf rescue working closely with local government and affiliated rescue organisations.

  • Our Fleet

    Our rotor and fixed wing service provide emergency medical services and inter-hospital transfers to hundreds of critically ill or injured patients.

  • Transformation of aero-medical service

    First civilian organisation to introduce Night Vision System into its aero-medical operation.

  • In the community

    We work closely with provincial departments of health and health workers in the community to assess their needs.

The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) has become a vital conduit for delivery of regular healthcare services to peripheral areas. We work closely with Provincial Departments of Health and health workers in the communities to assess needs and implement appropriate healthcare programmes.  The AMS facilitates access to equitable and effective healthcare, contributes to the improvement in the quality of life of all communities and the provision of aero-medical and other associated humanitarian services. 


Since its inception in 1966, the AMS has expanded its fleet and services to provide a comprehensive emergency aero-medical and rescue service to the...

Bases & Fleet

The AMS is a non-profit organisation with bases in the Western Cape (Cape Town & Oudtshoorn) and KwaZulu-Natal (King Shaka), that provides an air...

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As the SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) operates a specialised service there are stringent criteria for medical, rescue and outreach crews, as...

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