Star­bus picks up pa­tients

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters -

A new bright pur­ple Star­bus is help­ing Auck­land’s chil­dren.

The ve­hi­cle, launched by NZ Bus, cel­e­brates the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to Starship Chil­dren’s Health and its spon­sor­ship of New Zealand’s only child ded­i­cated in­ten­sive care unit.

It will cover the streets of cen­tral Auck­land and works to get youngsters and their fam­i­lies to the hospi­tal for ap­point­ments.

The first Star­bus was launched in March 2008 and cov­ers the North Shore.

NZ Bus has been a spon­sor of the Starship Foun­da­tion since 2001 and has helped sup­port the coun­try’s only air re­trieval ser­vice which has helped hun­dreds of young chil­dren who each year need to be trans­ported by air to the in­ten­sive care unit.

Skilled med­i­cal ex­perts who keep the crit­i­cally ill chil­dren sta­ble while in the air on their way to the in­ten­sive care unit have also been trained thanks to NZ Bus fund­ing.

NZ Bus’s north­ern re­gion gen­eral man­ager War­ren Fowler says the com­pany has con­trib­uted more than $1 mil­lion to buy spe­cial­ist med­i­cal equip­ment and train nurses how to use it.

“A sick child is ev­ery par­ent’s night­mare,” Mr Fowler says. • To do­nate to the Starship Foun­da­tion call 307-4957 or see www. starship.org.nz/founda tion.

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