To have this information ready when calling the Flying Doctors will help to facilitate an appropriate and fast response and/or medical advice.
I. GENERAL INFO
- Your location and contact, telephone number/radio frequency.
- Number of patient(s).
- Name, age and sex of patient(s).
- Are they a Flying Doctors’ Society member (if so give membership number; employer if a corporate member and/or tour company if a tourist)
II. MEDICAL INFO
- General nature of the problem, e.g. car accident, a fever, a collapse, an assault, etc., the time it occurred or duration of the illness.
- Is the patient conscious or unconscious?
- Is the patient breathing?
- Does the patient have a pulse?
- Is the patient confused (do they know their name and where they are)?
- Is the patient in pain (where is the pain)?
- Is the patient bleeding (where are they bleeding and how much)?
- Is the patient able to walk (with support or without)?
III. LOCATION OF THE PATIENT(e.g. hospital, health centre or lodge, home, at site of accident.)
- If the patient is in a hospital/health centre request the medical person in charge to talk to us direct or get a medical report for us (diagnosis, general condition, vital signs, treatment).
- If the patient is at a lodge, at home or still on site of the accident, what First Aid treatment has been given (if any) and by whom?
- Which is the nearest airstrip?
- Condition of the airstrip (tarmac, dirt, grass)? Lighting facilities?
- Weather report (rain, heavy cloud, clear sky)?
- Is transport to the airstrip available, yes or no?
- How many people will accompany the patient on the flight?
NB* The Flying Doctors can assist in arranging hospital accommodation but are NOT responsible for hospital bills. A Ground ambulance will be provided by the Flying Doctors in Nairobi and is included in the cost of our response.