No such thing as a ‘Silent Night’ for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

22-Dec-2017 1:22 PM

For the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Christmas is just another day on the job. As Australians around the country enjoy the festive season and a well-deserved break, the Royal Flying Doctor Service crews will be on call day and night delivering emergency services across 7.69 million square kilometers.

On Christmas day alone, the Flying Doctor expects to transfer and deliver 75 patients to tertiary hospitals who need care for illness or injury.

Last Christmas, the Flying Doctor was called to help little baby Noah. Noah had surprised his parents Daniel and Anne-Marie as an early Christmas present coming into the world at 33 weeks. Come Christmas day, Noah was experiencing stomach issues and the Flying Doctor crew was called to deliver him to the Mater Queensland Hospital in Brisbane for specialist care. After a few days, Noah was doing well and was able to return home before New Year.

Additionally, Flying Doctor crews were busy dealing with a wide variety of other cases over Christmas, including; acute renal failure, spinal and limb injuries, a perforated bowel, diabetic complications, flesh-eating disease, a serious heart attack, chronic pancreatitis, sepsis, pneumonia and respiratory distress. 

Whilst no-one expects illness or injury over the Christmas and New Year break, the Flying Doctor will be on call to ensure that all Australians get the help they need if an emergency occurs. 

Topic: Health

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