Ritchies Testimonials

NRMA CareFlight

Head Injury Retrieval Trial (HIRT) landing in Sydney to attend an accident.

Thank you to Ritchies Stores' customers

NRMA CareFlight would like to thank all Ritchies Stores' customers who support us through the Ritchies Community Benefit Card. As a valued supporter we want to keep you up to date about our new role in the NSW aero-medical retrieval system.

Over the past two decades more than 15,000 critically ill and injured patients have been treated and/or transported by NRMA CareFlight specialists, utilising our own dedicated helicopters as well as road ambulances, fixed wing air ambulances and medi-jets.

In May 2006, Ambulance Service of NSW conducted a tender process for the provision of helicopter services to the NSW retrieval system. The contract was awarded to CHC Helicopter Corporation. However, strong community support for CareFlight resulted in a compromise being reached with the NSW Government on the 22nd December 2006. The agreement:

  • Provides for a continuation of NRMA CareFlight's medical-rescue helicopter services until May 2007, with our doctors staffing five shifts every day from Westmead (24/7) and Orange (10/7);
  • Awards a new seven-year contract for our doctors to serve on two of the CHC helicopters based in Sydney and Orange;
  • Provides in-principle support by the NSW Government for an expansion of NRMA CareFlight's Head Injury Retrieval Trail (HIRT) covering greater Sydney.

Thank you to Ritchies Stores for helping us to keep you, our valued supporters, informed about our new role. Your continued support enables CareFlight to save lives in NSW.

Our CB number is 91278.