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CareFlight plays crucial role in North-West Queensland patient transfer

The Mount Isa RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has played a crucial role in helping to transport a young indigenous patient across the breadth of Queensland to receive the treatment he requires.

The 4-year-old boy is a resident of the small North-West township of Dajarra, south-west of Mount Isa and close to the Northern Territory-Queensland border. 

At 4.35pm yesterday (Friday) afternoon, the Mount Isa rescue helicopter was tasked to fly to Dajarra to collect the boy, who had developed complications associated with a medical condition.

The CareFlight crew flew the patient and his mother to Mount Isa airport, where they were met by the Townsville-based Royal Flying Doctor Service jet.

RFDS then transported the patient on to hospital in Townsville for treatment. He travelled in a stable condition. 

Had the patient been transported by road, the trip would have taken over 10 hours.

CareFlight pilot Mike Slattery paid credit to all involved for the well-coordinated, inter-agency rescue effort.

"This coordination of assets, whilst not the first occasion, shows just how well CareFlight and the RFDS are partnering in Mount Isa, and across the wider retrieval network, to improve outcomes for patients," said Mike.