Aeromedical Retrieval

All RFDS bases in Queensland (except Longreach) provide an aeromedical retrieval service for emergencies. This includes the provision of direct primary responses as well as transport of patients between hospitals — known as inter-hospital transfers.

Graphic: RFDS (Queensland Section) performs interhospital transfers in specially fitted aircraft

The inter-hospital transfers occur when further treatment or investigations are required for a patient, which are not available at the transferring facility. The RFDS provides approximately ten times more inter-hospital transfers per annum than primary emergency responses. 

All aircraft are staffed with a pilot, flight nurse and a medical officer if required. The aircraft are fully pressurised and configured to resemble mini-intensive care units. They are fitted with either a Lifeport or TAS system and a stretcher loading system that is fully compatible with road ambulance systems.