UK medical charity Magpas partners with Australia’s Careflight

UK medical charity Magpas partners with Australia’s Careflight

11-Feb-2011 Source: Magpas

Cambridgeshire-based emergency medical charity Magpas has agreed an historic partnership with Careflight – an air ambulance and international retrieval charity based in New South Wales, Australia.  Although only 25 years old, Careflight is now a 50 million dollar-a-year service which operates 3 helicopters, 4 fixed wing King Air turbo prop aircraft and 4 medical jets from eight bases across Australia.

The partnership between the two charities has come about because of their shared values.  Like Magpas, Careflight has been an innovator over the last quarter century, placing a high importance on medical research and training. The result of this is that the Careflight has contributed 25% of the world research literature examining the role of physicians in the staffing of helicopters.

Speaking on behalf of Careflight, Medical Director Dr Alan Garner said:  “When we visited Magpas last year and witnessed one of their residential training events for doctors and paramedics, we realised that we had at last found a UK partner that shared our high ethical standards and commitment to clinical excellence.  We look forward to exchanging information and personnel over the coming years so that both charities can continue to build up their knowledge and experience base for the benefit of patients.”

Speaking on behalf of Magpas Chief Operating Officer Mr Daryl Brown said:  “This is very good news indeed.  It marks the next phase in Magpas’ remarkable 40-year history. Magpas Helimedix are proud to be working in partnership with the world’s largest Air Ambulance charity. This partnership will bring great benefits to both organisations, linking two world class life saving services.”

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