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CareFlight merger made official

The planned merger between local rescue helicopter service NQ Rescue and CareFlight Group Queensland becomes official on 1 July 2015.

On July 1 2015, CareFlight Group Queensland officially merged with the Mount Isa based North Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service (NQ Rescue).

For the communities of North West Queensland, this merger assures critical care air medical services will continue to be provided by a helicopter based in Mount Isa.

NQ Rescue commenced operations in 2007 and over this time has helped hundreds of critically ill and injured patients, often in remote areas, get to the medical care they need.

CareFlight will ensure this life-saving service for the local community can continue. By servicing Mount Isa and the surrounding regions, it will allow us to save even more lives across Queensland.

With the merger becoming official on July 1, CareFlight aims to be fully operational as soon as possible.

We are in the process of finalising pre-contract maintenance on the Bell 230 aircraft, training and familiarising staff and setting up the required IT infrastructure. CareFlight expects to reach full operational status by early August.

To ensure the new Mount Isa base keeps strong ties with the local community, CareFlight will set up a special Regional Advisory Committee to act as a local voice and assist members of the CareFlight Group Board.   

Another positive outcome of the merger with RACQ NQ Rescue is a new working relationship with iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Mount Isa.

RFDS have generously offered shared hanger space and office facilities at their base. A new tasking protocol will also be implemented to improve processes and provide the best possible outcomes for all our patients.

CareFlight’s new Mount Isa base has a service region that covers over 500,000 sq km – 23% of Queensland. This region encompasses the local Councils and Shires of Burke Shire, Carpentaria Shire, Mount Isa, Mckinlay, Dimantina, Boulia, Cloncurry, Richmond/Hughenden , Winton/Longreach and out to the Barkly Regional Council in the Northern Territory.