THE Royal Flying Doctor Service will be better equipped to provide critical care for patients in rural Queensland following the delivery of specialised stretchers to remote airstrips.
The Queensland Ambulance Service has donated 38 Stryker stretchers to the RFDS to be used to transfer patients from ambulances to the aircraft.
The manual stretchers are excess to QAS needs as they have been upgrading their fleet to automatic lift stretchers since 2014.
RFDS Queensland section chief executive officer Meredith Staib said the stretchers would be distributed to remote airstrips across the state on a need’s basis.
Locations include Dajarra and Gregory Downs in the north west; Mackay, Palm Island, Collinsville and Charters Towers in North…