Flying Doctors receive Facility Upgrade
Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, Matt Burnett along with Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Meredith Staib officially opened the Royal Flying Doctor Patient Transfer facility at Gladstone Airport last week. To mark the opening of the facility the RFDS had an aircraft and crew in attendance. In the last 12 months, the RFDS has had 457 patient retrievals out of the Gladstone Airport.
The long-term initiative from Gladstone Regional Council & Gladstone Airport Corporation has recently been completed after planning began in February last year. The all-weather facility provides RFDS pilots and their crew with a rest area and amenities housed within a portable site office donated by Bechtel. The RFDS Auxiliary fundraised for the furniture. The official opening of was also attended by Federal Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd, State Member for Gladstone, Mr Glenn Butcher.
The RFDS’s emergency retrieval service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This iconic service provides regular transfers of patients for life-saving surgery such as organ transplants and heart surgery, delivering critical support to those who need it most. Local mother, Crystal Roots has praised the RFDS and welcomed the facility upgrade, “We were recently humbled to use this service just last month from Gladstone Brisbane. Because of the generous and amazing support received we will be donating money raised from the Noah’s Day function sponsored by Terri’s Swim School on the 15th of September to this service. Thank you for the wonderful support that this service has and will bring for the local community.”