HKSAR Government Flying Service Medical Unit
1Accident and Emergency, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong
The Government Flying Service (GFS) is one of the eight disciplined services of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) which is responsible for flight operations (including Search and Rescue and air ambulance), maintenance and administration. Demand for operations related to medical conditions is high, as in 2018, there were more than 2000 call outs, including 1459 CASEVAC and 514 Search and Rescue.
The GFS and the Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine (HKCEM) have jointly established an Air Medical Officer Programme to enhance the quality of emergency air medical service for the people of Hong Kong.
The service was launched on August 19, 2000. In the first patch, the GFS had enrolled 24 Accident and Emergency (A&E) specialists from public hospitals who are enlisted as Auxiliary Members of the GFS under the Medical Unit. Currently, the Medical Unit has expanded to a team of 80 Medical professionals including Air medical Officers and Air medical Nursing Officers. The establishment of the Medical Unit is not only to achieve maximum operational efficiency for the GFS's air ambulance service in search and rescue work and casualty evacuation but also to provide immediate professional and expeditious medical care to the victims and casualties.
This presentation introduces the audience the Medical Unit of the GFS and how it serves the people in Hong Kong.