A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ambulance, island-style.

This is the zippy ambulance boat that serves our four Southern Moreton Bay Islands. It’s on around-the-clock stand-by, and comes fully-equipped with all the stuff a four-wheeled version contains, plus room for family members who might want to accompany a patient.

A call brings the boat to whichever island, a paramedic jumps into that island’s dedicated ambulance and drives to the home of the sick person, attends to him/her, then if necessary conveys him/her to the jetty where the ambulance boat is waiting to take him/her to the mainland, where an ambulance continues the trip to the local hospital. It sounds complicated, but it’s arguably as fast and effective as mainland services, partly because the speed of the initial response doesn’t depend on the availability of ambulances that might already be busy.