Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the patients will be treated in NSW Health’s
world-leading adult burns units, with three arriving overnight at Concord
Hospital and one at Royal North Shore Hospital.
NSW Health is working with Commonwealth agencies to facilitate the safe
return of residents, some of whom have life threatening burn injuries.
our Federal counterparts, we have
offered assistance to the New Zealand Government to help coordinate the aeromedical retrievals, which commenced
overnight,” Dr Chant said.
victims are adults and are being assessed based on clinical priority after the
Australian Overseas Mass Casualty Response Plan was activated to address the
tragic outcome of this event.
terribly sad time when we have lost fellow Australians, I commend the co-
operation of both New Zealand and local health authorities to orchestrate the
safe return of these patients who will receive the best care available.”
The NSW Health
Aeromedical Retrieval team expects various aircraft from both New Zealand and
Australia to undertake the medivac operation based on the advice of the NZ
Intensive Care Unit and Burns Network.
asks that the privacy of these patients be respected.
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