Student Royal Flying Doctor Service Adventure

RFDS. Photo credit: Ilze Alexander
By Ilze Alexander
On Sunday the 30th July I was fortunate enough to spend the day with the Royal Flying Doctor Service thanks to the RDWA ride-along program. I joined a crew (only consisting of one pilot and one flight nurse!) on two flights. We first flew to Renmark where we picked up two surgical patients with AFL injuries, followed by a second flight to Port Lincoln to pick up two medical patients. The RFDS staff were so welcoming and excited to have me there and eagerly answered all of my questions. It was amazing to see different emergency teams around the state working together in such a coordinated manner to get critical care to these patients. Each transfer included the hometown medical team, 2 ambulance crews, the RFDS crew and the medical team at the Adelaide hospital the patients were transferred to. Every patient we picked up was so grateful for the care they received… care that we take completely for granted living in a metropolitan centre. Going along for the ride allowed me to see first hand the crucial part the RFDS plays in providing medical care to rural and remote communities, and reminded me why I am so passionate about rural health in South Australia. EVERY medical and nursing student should take advantage of this unique opportunity. Thank you RFDS and RDWA!!