RFDS Flight Nurse Clayton Judd and QAS acting Officer in Charge Geebung Station Alex Meredith.
RFDS Flight Nurse Clayton Judd and QAS acting Officer in Charge Geebung Station Alex Meredith.

New equipment provides quicker care for regional patients

PATIENTS in regional and remote areas will receive care even quicker thanks to a generous Christmas gift from Queensland Ambulance Service.

QAS has donated 38 Stryker stretchers to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to be provided to remote airstrips for the transfer of patients from QAS vehicles to RFDS aircraft.

“The RFDS transfers about 11,700 patients each year to emergency and specialist care across Queensland, and quite often, every second counts,” RFDS (Queensland Section) chief executive officer Meredith Staib said.

“This generous gift from QAS will help streamline our patient transfer efforts in remote areas and help us get patients to the care they need even quicker.”

The stretchers will be distributed to remote airstrips across the state on a needs basis at locations including Dysart, Moranbah, Clermont, Theodore, Mackay, Charters Towers and Collinsville.

QAS Acting Commissioner John Hammond and RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Meredith Staib.
QAS Acting Commissioner John Hammond and RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Meredith Staib.

Since 2014 the QAS has been upgrading its current fleet of manual stretchers with automatic lift stretchers.

“By replacing old stretchers which were beginning to show their age, and standardising our service with these new stretchers, we’ll increase the efficiency in which we can transfer patients from QAS vehicles to RFDS aircraft,” Ms Staib said.

“We will also make it safer for our frontline personnel, including our medical staff and pilots, who often have to perform heavy lifting with the older stretchers.”

Ms Staib said eight of the stretchers would also be provided to RFDS bases in Queensland for staff training purposes.

“We are extremely grateful for this donation from QAS and the efficient use of resources across health agencies to deliver world class healthcare, which highlights the strong history of collaboration between the RFDS, QAS and Queensland Health.”


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