Doctor gets her wings
THE WESTPAC Life Saver Rescue Helicopter welcomed a new member to its team when retrieval specialist Dr Anna Rogers went on her first missions this week.
Dr Rogers, who is part of the Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Department, was thrown into the deep end in the role being tasked on three missions in her first 24 hours on the job.
"I didn't have time to think," she said. "I was shown the basics and off we went."
Dr Rogers said she was looking forward to her time with the helicopter as a personal and a medical challenge.
"It's personally challenging as you are in the first line and there is no one to bounce ideas off," she said.
"I am also looking forward to the challenge of seeing first-hand the environment our patients are in when we retrieve them.
"In the helicopter you have people needing a high level of care.
"Instead of being in intensive care we are in a helicopter."
Aircrew chief Roger Fry welcomed Dr Rogers to the team.
"Anna is very keen and enthusiastic and is fitting in well with our team," he said.
"We get to have an emergency medical specialist on hand and Anna gets to experience first-hand trauma situations which will no doubt help her in her future career."
Dr Rogers, who is undergoing emergency medicine specialty training, will be based on average four days a week at the helicopter base.