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CareFlight tasked to Moreton Bay twice in four hours

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted patients from two separate incidents on Moreton Bay’s Macleay Island within the space of four hours today.

Shortly after 9am this morning, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to airlift a woman in her 60s after she succumbed to a serious medical condition.

The CareFlight medical team worked with local Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics to help treat the woman at the scene, before she was transported to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Less than four hours later, at 1.20pm this afternoon, the same crew was tasked to fly to the Moreton Bay township for a second time after a resident suffered serious injuries in a push bike accident.

It is believed the man in his mid-20s was riding down a steep decline when he became unbalanced and was thrown over the bike’s handlebars.

He suffered serious head lacerations as a result of the accident and was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition.

Significantly, today’s busy schedule also marked the first shift on board the CareFlight helicopter for one of the organisation’s newest medical registrars, Doctor Ryan Frazer.

“I think more than anything I was just excited to get started,” said Doctor Frazer.

“The work is completely different, interesting, exciting.”

“I was prepared to be performing inter-hospital transfers – but I knew primary (rescue) missions could be a possibility. To get two on my first day is pretty big, though.”

“I was amazed with the speed of which things happened – I think within one hour of receiving the second job we had the patient at the PA Hospital.”

“Thanks has to go to the amazing pilot and crewman – as well as the fantastic nurse I work with. They were incredible.”