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delivery partners working around the clock, while also generating operational efficiencies and capacity by replacing outdated premises and co-locating all RFDS staff previously spread across two Adelaide locations.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.”