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Royal Flying Doctor Service under the pump after 2700 COVID-19 trips in 11 months




The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s capabilities have been seriously tested during the pandemic with more than 2700 patients suspected of having COVID-19 being rushed to a medical facility.

The RFDS transported more than 770 patients by air and more than 1900 by road to a medical facility between February and December.

Most of the most patient-related flights came from Central Australia, which takes in the Northern Territory and South Australia, where 565 aeromedical retrievals were initiated.

There were 113…

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