Aeromedical Base at Brisbane Airport gets green light

Aeromedical Base at Brisbane Airport gets green light

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-Federal government grants approval

– New BNE home for Royal Flying Doctor Service, LifeFlight, Queensland Health, QGAir

-Tenders are going to be called soon so that construction can start soon

– New medical gateway to assist over 5,000 Queensland patients each year

In good news for Queenslanders, Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King has given approval for the construction of the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base at Brisbane Airport.

The $72 million hub will connect Queenslanders to major hospitals and life-saving medical treatment, with new patient transfer facilities to care for people as they transition between air and ambulance transfers. It will also contain modern hangers for aircraft, helicopters, administration and a medical base for regional patients and donor transfers.

“Brisbane Airport plays a vital role in connecting Queensland 24/7 with urgent medical care. The Aeromedical Base will bring all providers together in one innovative world-class hub, with a transfer facility that provides patients on the move with the very best possible clinical care,” according to Martin Ryan, Executive General Manager of Commercial at Brisbane Airport Corporation.

The 14,470m2 multi-tenant facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways to accommodate rapid access for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), LifeFlight and Queensland Health.

The Queensland Government continues to provide major support to the RFDS and LifeFlight to help with their contributions to the new Aeromedical base, as well as a $334 million 10-year commitment to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to enable it to take care of the people of the region. and remote Queensland.

Construction of the new Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base is estimated to support 200 jobs. Tenders for the project will be invited by Brisbane Airport Corporation in the coming two weeks.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service employs more than 400 people in Queensland and operates 20 aircraft, with its Brisbane base a crucial link to eight operational bases across the state.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said the new aeromedical facility would be unlike anything seen in the state before.

“The new base will include a state-of-the-art short-stay facility that includes 12 patient beds that allow for overnight stays prior to transfer, if required, as well as a dedicated patient transfer facility where patients can be moved to or from air medical. planes out of the elements, in comfort and in a world-class clinical environment.”

“This new base will act as a gateway for more than 5,000 Queenslanders who are transferred to Brisbane’s tertiary hospitals each year from across the state,” Ms Staib said.

“For 95 years, the Flying Doctor has looked at innovative ways to deliver even greater levels of patient care and increase efficiency of healthcare delivery, and with this new, state-of-the-art patient transfer facility and short-stay facility, will be able to do just that.”

The LifeFlight facility will accommodate the unique combination of two medically configured Challenger 604 fixed-wing aircraft and two highly advanced AW139 helicopters in a purpose-built hangar.

“This joint hub will be transformative for the aeromedical network in Queensland, hosting our world-class service alongside our colleagues at RFDS and QGAir. Also having the strong and effective coordination of Retrieval Services Queensland based at the same facility will be integral part of the continued smooth operation, as the demand for air medical services grows,” said LifeFlight Australia Vice Chairman, Hon. Jim Elder.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the future and those who will benefit most are the people of Queensland; particularly those in remote and regional areas who rely on services like ours to ensure they have access to the same levels of medical care, such as those who live in our urban centers.”

Construction of the base is expected to be completed in 2024.

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