Urgent specialist medical care
Our air ambulance places are flying intensive care wards staffed by specialist flight nurses, doctors and crew.
If you've had an accident or are severely ill you might need urgent access to specialist care. For example, patients with spinal injuries are flown to Christchurch's spinal unit. If a premature baby is born in Nelson, they may need further treatment in Wellington's neonatal unit. While seriously ill children might need a flight to Starship.
Life Flight coordinates a full bed-to-bed service, taking care of all logistics and providing the aircraft, equipment and expert medical teams.
The Air Ambulance Planes
The type of plane used to provide Life Flight’s air ambulance service is a Jetstream 32. The air ambulance plane is pressurised and equipped to fly at all times of the day and night in all but the most severe weather.
It can be configured to carry two patients, one crewperson, a medical team and up to four relatives or support people for the patient. Being able to travel with loved-ones is invaluable to families struggling with a severe trauma.