Since its inception in 1966, the AMS has expanded its fleet and services to provide a comprehensive emergency aero-medical and rescue service to the Western Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal and health outreach programmes to the more remote communities of KwaZulu-Natal, who previously had little or no access to basic healthcare services.
The Flying Doctor and Health Outreach Service
- Provides delivery of appropriate and effective healthcare to rural communities, by flying specialists – many of whom are volunteers, as well as support personnel to outlying hospitals.
- Provides specialist support to district and secondary hospitals.
- Decreases elective referrals from district hospitals to the next level.
- Addresses acute backlogs at district hospitals for patients in need of specialist care.
- Addresses important community primary healthcare needs.
- Improves rural skills by training local and medical personnel.
- The KZN service has been extended to include ground support units to access areas that has limited access by aircraft.
- The ground support vehicles is also used to get to hospitals which are in close proximity to doctors supply.
The Air Ambulance Service
- Complements the local road ambulance services by providing rapid emergency aero-medical transportation of patients who are critically ill or injured.
The Rescue Service
- Provides specialised medical, mountain and surf rescue services, working closely with local Metro and affiliated rescue organisations.