Get­ting to ICU eas­ier for kids

Central Leader - - News -

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

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

It cov­ers cen­tral Auck­land to get chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to the hospi­tal for ap- point­ments. The first Star­bus was launched in March on the North Shore.

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

Med­i­cal ex­perts who keep crit­i­cally ill chil­dren sta­ble in the air have been trained through NZ Bus fund­ing.

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

To do­nate to the Foun­da­tion call 307-4957 or go to www.starship.org.nz/founda tion.

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