LIFEFLIGHT, QAS PREPPED FOR COVID FLIGHTS
BOTH the Queensland Ambulance Service and LifeFlight are confident they can transport Covid-positive patients from the Wellcamp quarantine hub to Brisbane hospitals.
The clarification comes after concerns were raised that transporting Covid cases would be an unnecessary risk to health staff.
The 1000-bed facility will house international arrivals but the they will be transported to Brisbane for medical treatment or if they are declared a positive case.
A QAS spokesman said paramedics had been transporting positive cases since the pandemic started and had all necessary measures in place.
Similarly a LifeFlight spokeswoman said its aeromedical crews are ready.
“Over the last financial year, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical staff safely transported 41 confirmed COVID-19 patients on behalf of Queensland Health,” she said.
“All of our frontline staff, including doctors, flight nurses, paramedics and aircrew are fully vaccinated.”