Flying Doctors land new ’emergency ward in the sky’ jet aircraft

Posted December 03, 2018 07:31:23

Photo: The first of three new RFDS jets arrived in Broome at the weekend. (Supplied: RFDS)

Patients in regional Australia can soon be treated by doctors on medical jets, saving crucial time and lives.

Swiss company Pilatus have spent three years designing the $13 million purpose-built jets for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The first of the new PC-24s arrived in Western Australia at the weekend, with one based at Perth’s Jandakot Airport and the other to be based in Broome.

A third medical jet is scheduled to arrive in Adelaide in February, servicing both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

RFDS WA chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson said the jets can reach speeds of up to 740 kilometres per hour, halving the travel times to remote parts of the state.

“We need time on our side to maximise the health outcomes when a person is undergoing a heart attack or if they are involved in an accident,” she said.