Aerial medical services

There are two aerial medical services in the Northern Territory (NT).

Top End

Careflight NT operates critical care retrieval services for the Top End community.

This is a 24 hour aerial retrieval service, by airplane or helicopter, if you are seriously ill or injured. You can be collected from communities and also from smaller hospitals to be transported to Royal Darwin Hospital.

Coordination, prioritisation and treatment is by specialist physicians in emergency and critical care, many who also have joint appointments in Royal Darwin Hospital.

For more information go to the Careflight NT website.

Central Australia

People in Central Australia are covered by a 24 hour emergency service.

Doctors from Primary Health Care provide 24/7 telephone support to a wide range of sites in remote areas of Central Australia.

When medical retrieval to a hospital is required, this is arranged with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and St John Ambulance.

Doctors from the retrieval team are based at Alice Springs Hospital. When highly specialised care is required, the retrieval service transfers patients to major hospitals in Adelaide and beyond.

In addition to medical retrieval flights, there are also regular flights to health centres in remote communities to enable visits of GPs, nurses and hospital specialist teams.

For more information on emergency care read about after hours care.

Last updated: 28 June 2021

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