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Air ambulance now closer to hospital in Powell River (SPH)

CLOSER HELP: Air ambulance service is closer to Powell River area residents with a dedicated helicopter and plane now based in Nanaimo. (Photo credit: The Powell River Peak)
CLOSER HELP: Air ambulance service is closer to Powell River area residents with a dedicated helicopter and plane now based in Nanaimo. (Photo credit: The Powell River Peak)

Since mid-November, one helicopter and one plane, based in Nanaimo, have been responding to patients up and down Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast, including Powell River.

Hearing an air ambulance helicopter flying overhead can become just background noise in the daily lives of people in Powell River.

“It’s important for them to understand that for individuals and families, it means their loved one is being cared for by health care workers,” said Kim Markel, Powell River General Hospital acute services manager.

Patients with significant stroke symptoms are flown to Vancouver General Hospital while cardiac patients typically are taken to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

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