Ornge temporarily expands Critical Care Land Ambulance program in Hamilton to support COVID-19 operations
March 31, 2020
31 March, 2020
Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announces today the temporary expansion of the Critical Care Land Ambulance program (CCLA) to Hamilton beginning April 6, 2020. The new resource is in anticipation of an increase in the need to provide timely transport for COVID-19 patients to tertiary care centres and an increase in the need to conduct timely critical care repatriations.
A Critical Care land ambulance with two Paramedics will temporarily stage at a Hamilton Paramedic Service base for 12 hours each day, allowing Ornge the opportunity to store consumables and be available for immediate dispatch.
“Staging a Critical Care ambulance and paramedic crew in Hamiton will enhance Ornge’s ability to treat COVID-19 patients in southern Ontario,” says Wade Durham, Chief Operating Officer – Paramedicine. “Our new base will be well positioned to support Ontario’s COVID-19 response in the Hamilton, Burlington, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Niagara Peninsula communities.”
The new temporary Hamilton base adds to Ornge’s existing CCLA bases including Mississauga, Peterborough and Ottawa. Ornge will still be available by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft as required depending on the circumstances of the transport.
“Ornge would like to thank the Hamilton Paramedic Service, and particularly Chief Michael Sanderson, Deputy Chief Russell Crocker and Operational Supervisor Bev Dunn, for all their support with this project,” says Durham. “We look forward to a collaborative relationship between Ornge and Hamilton Paramedic Service as we support Ontario’s patients.
Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, co-ordinates all aspects of Ontario’s air ambulance system, the critical care land transport program, paediatric transport program and the authorisation of air and land ambulance transfers between hospitals.
About the Critical Care Land Ambulance Program
Ornge’s team of critical care land paramedics provides a faster and safer transport service of critically ill patients throughout the Greater Toronto area, Ottawa and Peterborough regions. The Critical Care Land Ambulance program relieves pressure on land ambulance services, reduces the need for hospitals to provide escort staff for critical transfers and allows Ornge to increase air ambulance availability for outlying rural and remote areas.
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