Construction for the Queensland Regional Aeromedical Base development at Brisbane Airport has been given the green light.
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King made the approval announcement, with the $72 million hub set to connect Queenslanders to major hospitals and life-saving medical treatment.
Once complete, the Aeromedical Base will feature patient facilities to care for people as they transition between aircraft and ambulance transfers, state-of-the-art hangers for aeroplanes, helicopters and administration, and a medical base for regional patients and donor transfers.
Martin Ryan, Executive General Manager of Commercial at Brisbane Airport Corporation said the Brisbane Airport plays a vital role in ensuring Queenslanders have access to urgent medical care.
“The Aeromedical Base will bring all providers together into one innovative world-class hub, with a transfer facility providing patients on the move with the very best clinical care possible,” says Ryan.
The 14,470-square-metre multi-tenanted facility will be located between Brisbane Airport’s two runways to accommodate speedy access for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), LifeFlight and Queensland Health.
Tenders for the project will be called by Brisbane Airport Corporation in the coming fortnight.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said the new aeromedical facility will be unlike anything seen in the state before.
“The new Base will include a state-of-the-art short stay bay including 12 patient beds allowing for overnight stays prior to transfer, if necessary, as well as a dedicated patient transfer facility where patients can be moved onto, or off aeromedical aircraft out of the elements, in comfort and in a world-class clinical environment,” said Staib.
“This new base will act as a gateway for more than 5,000 Queenslanders who are aeromedically transferred to Brisbane’s tertiary hospitals from right across the state each year.
“For 95 years, the Flying Doctor has been looking 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 bay, 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.
LifeFlight Australia Deputy Chair Hon Jim Elder said the joint hub will be transformational for Queensland’s aeromedical network. “To also have the strong and effective co-ordination of Retrieval Services Queensland based at the same facility, will be integral to continuing smooth operation, as the demand for aeromedical services grows,” said Elder.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the future and those who will benefit most, are the people of Queensland; especially those in remote and regional areas who rely on services such as ours to ensure they have access to the same levels of medical care as those who live in our urban centres.”
Construction of the base is set to be completed in 2024 and is expected to support approximately 200 jobs.
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