Skymed & Nican – Compassion in the air

Date posted: 
28 January 2015
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Skymed Aeromedical provides an air ambulance and patient transport solution around Australia and internationally. 

They utilise the Nican Carer Concession Card to enable affordable medical air escort on a commercial airline to people with serious disabilities, illnesses and life threatening conditions.

As Robyn Hickey explains “We use the Nican Qantas Card to transfer people who have severe disabilities and are very unwell and can’t travel without a person with them. 

“These transfers include people flying for medical appointments or back to their family. Some of our clients don’t have a lot of money.  Without the Nican Card organisations like Legacy could also be exposed to the extra costs. 

“If these people didn’t have carers on a plane they wouldn’t travel or they might be injured as a result of people without training trying to move them.

“If the Nican card were not available in some cases we would not be able to do the move. 

“For instance we took a lady with rapidly deteriorating cancer to her grand-daughters christening.

“We took a Nun in her 90’s with no family who needed to be reunited with the surviving nuns in her congregation.  These were the last Sisters in that order and the only people who could look after her. 

“We took a man with a disability who had suffered a catastrophic injury while on holiday back to his family for transfer to Nursing Care.  The alternative to using a commercial airline for this complicated transfer would have been a $25,000 private charter.”

“The Nican card gives us a way to negotiate with the airline on the travel needs of very vulnerable people. For example the Nican card offers extra discounts for Business Class – a seat here can be important in transporting people who need extra space and privacy.  It’s a great service.”

Photo recent RNSH transport to Cairns, Skymed Aeromedical provides an air ambulance and patient transport solution around Australia and internationally. 

They utilise the Nican Carer Concession Card to enable affordable medical air escort on a commercial airline to people with serious disabilities, illnesses and life threatening conditions.

As Robyn Hickey explains “We use the Nican Qantas Card to transfer people who have severe disabilities and are very unwell and can’t travel without a person with them. 

“These transfers include people flying for medical appointments or back to their family. Some of our clients don’t have a lot of money.  Without the Nican Card organisations like Legacy could also be exposed to the extra costs. 

“If people didn’t have carers on a plane they wouldn’t travel or they might be injured as a result of people without training trying to move them.

“If the Nican card were not available in some cases we would not be able to do the move. 

“For instance we took a lady with rapidly deteriorating cancer to her grand-daughters christening.

“We took a Nun in her 90’s with no family who needed to be reunited with the surviving nuns in her congregation.  These were the last Sisters in that order and the only people who could look after her. 

“We took a man with a disability who had suffered a catastrophic injury while on holiday back to his family for transfer to Nursing Care.  The alternative to using a commercial airline for this complicated transfer would have been a $25,000 private charter.”

“The Nican card gives us a way to negotiate with the airline on the travel needs of very vulnerable people. For example the Nican card offers extra discounts for Business Class – a seat here can be important in transporting people who need extra space and privacy.  It’s a great service.”

Photo Emenoni Roraduri and support team during a recent succesful RNSH transport to Cairns.  To find out more

visit www.skymed.com.au - www.nican.com.au or phone us on 1800 806 769