Construction of a new world-class purpose-built Bundaberg Aeromedical Base and Patient Transfer Facility is scheduled to begin in May.
Support has been forthcoming from the Australian Government and Bundaberg Regional Council but $3 million is being sought from charitable sources.
The aeromedical base will replace the current hangar at Bundaberg Airport.
New facilities and design features include:
- Dedicated rotary and fixed-wing hangars;
- A patient transfer facility with dedicated space to accommodate and care for up to four patients and their families;
- An ambulance bay with two under-cover parking bays next to the new patient transfer facility;
- Dedicated clinical training and simulation room;
- Ample facilities for RFDS and LifeFlight clinical and aviation staff;
- Airway design so up to three aircraft can operate simultaneously from the large apron area in front of the base.
RFDS and LifeFlight transport almost 3500 patients a year from the Bundaberg Region.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the new facility was essential to service growing demand.
“Knowing your loved ones can be responded to quickly and efficiently offers extraordinary peace of mind to the average resident,” he said,
“I implore all sections of the community to get behind the RFDS and LifeFlight and provide the support necessary to give surety to sustaining these iconic services.”