BUNDABERG AEROMEDICAL BASE & PATIENT TRANSFER FACILITY PROJECT

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland & Lifeflight Australia invite you to join us in making history in the Bundaberg & Wide Bay Region.

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BUNDABERG AEROMEDICAL BASE AND PATIENT TRANSFER FACILITY

Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland (RFDS) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue provide life-saving aeromedical and primary healthcare services to the Bundaberg and Wide Bay regions. Each year, our two organisations transport some 3,500+ patients from the Bundaberg catchment region, either in a life-saving medical emergency, access specialist care or surgical services in a hospital setting.


The new Bundaberg Aeromedical Base and Patient Transfer Facility is designed to meet the aviation, clinical, and administrative needs of both RFDS and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, providing dedicated accommodation for more patients and operational crews, clinical training and simulation rooms, public meeting spaces, as well as onsite engineering and maintenance facilities. It will enable us to significantly enhance the quality of care, safety and comfort for patients across central Queensland, and ensure equitable access to healthcare, specifically to those living and working in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region.

A new world-class facility designed to meet aviation and clinical standards.

A central location providing a point from which a huge tract of Queensland can be serviced.

Improved capacity to provide life-saving medical and emergency response.

A well-equipped, purpose-built patient transfer facility creating improved quality of care and comfort.

Building a new world-class facility

The new Bundaberg Aeromedical Base and Patient Transfer Facility is designed to meet the aviation, clinical and administrative needs of both RFDS and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue providing dedicated accommodation for more patients and operational crews, clinical training and simulation rooms, public meeting spaces and onsite engineering and maintenance facilities.


It will enable us to significantly enhance the quality of care, safety and comfort for patients across central Queensland, and ensure equitable access to healthcare specifically to those living and working in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region.

The collaboration is the first purpose built co-located aeromedical facility in Queensland and a prototype for future facility innovation.

Coordinated Aeromedical Service

In response to the increasing demand for healthcare in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region, RFDS established an operational presence in Bundaberg in 2002 with the primary purpose of enhancing aeromedical services to the region. As part of a coordinated aeromedical service to this community, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue began operating their lifesaving Bundaberg based helicopter service from the same facility in 2011 at the existing aircraft hangar occupied by the RFDS. Both organisations share a close and collaborative relationship and are dedicated to providing equitable health services to the thousands of men, women and children in your community.

Two undercover dedicated Ambulance Bays will afford improved access and patient privacy.

3,500 Patients Each Year

Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland (RFDS) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue provide life-saving aeromedical and primary healthcare services to the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region. Each year, our two organisations transport some 3,500+ patients from the Bundaberg catchment region, either in a life-saving medical emergency or to access specialist care or surgical services in a hospital setting.

The Patient Transfer Facility will accommodate and care for up to four patients and their family members.

Meeting the Region’s Needs

Working together at the co-located hangar facility in Bundaberg, RFDS and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue have provided support to the Wide Bay region for close to 17 years. We have outgrown the existing structure and the demand for our service is growing dramatically every day, we need to invest in a new facility so we can meet the needs of the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region now and well into the future.

Fully equipped for the specific accommodation and maintenance needs of the current and future aircraft utilised by the RFDS and LifeFlight.

Enhancing Regional Health

The existing design and structure of the current co-tenanted Bundaberg aircraft hangar and office site does not meet the operational needs of either organisation, nor the expected increase in demand for aeromedical services in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay region; particularly given future plans for the Bundaberg Regional Base Hospital to undergo a substantive upgrade to a Level 5 ICU hospital (presently a Level 4 facility).


The purpose-built Bundaberg Aeromedical Base and Patient Transfer Facility will replace the current hangar facility, which is small, showing signs of ageing and inadequate to meet health and safety standards, medical equipment storage, aircraft maintenance, and patient and staff amenity requirements.

Time Line

July 2018

Funding secured through Building
Better Regions Fund - Round 2 –
Commonwealth funding




October 2018

Official project commencement;

 Council/Development approvals obtained / detailed building design phase



April 2019

Building contracts awarded

May 2019

Construction commences

February 2020

Site Completion

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

You can be part of history. Your gift will help build a state of the art Aeromedical Base and provide life-saving services to people in rural, remote and regional Central Queensland.

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