Graphic: Broken Hill base planes
Far West NSW has greater medical access with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) (RFDSSE) expanding aeromedical services at its Broken Hill Base with an additional daily 12-hour aeromedical service on behalf of NSW Health. The service commenced in early March and complements its existing 24-hour-a-day/seven-day-a-week service.
RFDSSE General Manager Operation and Service Delivery Claudio Grasso said the additional capacity would support the delivery of aeromedical services across Far West NSW during peak periods, enabling quicker delivery of critical health care for regional and remote communities.
“The additional service will allow the RFDSSE to provide more resources during the peak evening period.
We can be more responsive to the needs of patient transfers and attend evacuations as required,” Mr Grasso said.
“We are looking to increase the number of pilots in Broken Hill from seven to 10 and flight nurses from six to eight.
“The RFDS is proud and excited to support the delivery of this additional service and to be there for our communities in Far Western NSW.”
The logistical planning to support this service includes an additional B200 KingAir in aeromedical configuration, medical equipment and additional full-time Broken Hill Base pilots and flight nurses.