Derby based staff were previously split across two locations in Derby – now all staff, both administrative and operational, are situated at the newly redeveloped base at the Derby Airport.
CEO Grahame Marshall said the redevelopment was undertaken to bring staff together, providing modern facilities to provide the best outcomes for patients.
"Our Derby base at the airport has recently been redeveloped to accommodate all staff in the one location," he said. "The purpose built offices, patient treatment centre and hangar will ensure the best possible outcomes for our staff and patients."
The base in Derby was built in 1955, with the hangar at the Derby airport and administrative services in town on Loch Street. Derby is about 2,500km north east of Perth and provides emergency transfers to Derby District
Hospital; inter hospital transfers and health clinics in the Derby region.
"To allow us to continue providing excellence in primary health care and aero medical services, our amenities must remain modern," Mr Marshall said. "This ensures our capability to provide the best possible care and
service to our patients is maintained."
"In celebrating the 60th year of operations from our Derby base, the timing to redevelop the base and bring all staff together was fitting."
In the past year, the RFDS flew over 9,000 sick and injured patients by air across WA for treatment, and received over 41,000 calls for medical assistance and advice. Pilots flew over eight million kilometres and made almost 19,000 landings – at times on dirt airstrips or closed highways. This year, the RFDS in WA is celebrating 80 years' of service.