RFDS base opens in Adelaide

RFDS base opens in Adelaide

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OFFICIAL UNVEILING: Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations chairman David Hills opened the base, with RFDS Central Operations chief executive officer John Lynch.

OFFICIAL UNVEILING: Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations chairman David Hills opened the base, with RFDS Central Operations chief executive officer John Lynch.

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THE $13 million Royal Flying Doctors Service Adelaide base marks the start of a new era for the RFDS.

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THE new $13-million Adelaide Airport base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service was launched on Thursday last week.

RFDS Central Operations chairman David Hills said the new aeromedical base would deliver 24/7 emergency retrieval services, inter-hospital transfers and primary health care services to all South Australians. 

“This purpose-built facility is delivering enhanced patient care and comfort in a patient transfer facility designed and equipped to complement any new hospital,” he said. 

“It will also provide a modern and safe workplace for our staff and health service delivery partners working around the clock, while also generating operational efficiencies and capacity by replacing outdated premises and co-locating all RFDS staff previously spread across two Adelaide locations.

“We also plan to invest more than $50m in the next five years on the replacement of three medically-equipped Pilatus PC12 aircraft, the new Pilatus PC24 aeromedical jet and medical equipment upgrades of $1m a year.”

Photo: Simon Casson

Photo: Simon Casson

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