Starbus picks up patients
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.