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29 September, 2021

RFDS appeals for community’s support

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is looking to the community for their support as they aim to raise money to purchase new cardiac equipment to better help Australians in need.

The Royal Flying Doctors Service is appealing to the community to help them raise funds to purchase new cardiac equipment.

Cardiac related conditions are the most common reason for transfer by the RFDS Queensland Section, More than 2,800 cardiac patients were transferred last year by the Flying Doctor, equating for almost a quarter of all patients transferred.

Today, on World Heart Day, the Flying Doctor is appealing to Queensland to help ensure the RFDS can continue to access a vast range of cardiac monitoring medical equipment and supplies to treat patients.

RFDS Queensland Section Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said every dollar donated helped ensure patients the best possible chance at a positive outcome.

“The Flying Doctor is there for Queenslanders, 24 hours a day, delivering care to those who need it the most,” she said.

“Our aeromedical teams have to be prepared and equipped to respond to any scenario, it would be impossible to tackle that challenge without the support of our regional, rural and remote communities.

“Generous supporters help to train our aeromedical teams, as well as purchase and upgrade vital aeromedical equipment and deliver mental health and wellbeing programs.”

Ms Staib said the appeal’s fundraising goal was $227,850.

“This will fund the purchase of items such as the Zoll X Monitor, which has the ability to monitor a patient as well as defibrillate if required,” she said.

“We also require other supplies that are used in large volumes, such as intravenous cannulas and defibrillator pads.

“Any donation received as part of our current appeal will help ensure our staff have the necessary equipment and supplies to deliver the finest care to the furthest corner.”

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