Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Royal Flying Doctor Service base will be a key feature of next week’s Great Railway Journeys on SBS.
The episode, due to air at 7.30pm on February 18, will see presenter Michael Portillo shine a light on the evolution of the Flying Doc on his journey from Adelaide to Perth.
On the show, RFDS doctor Andrew Barnes discusses the importance of the service to regional WA, the tyranny of distance and the diversity in his role as a flying doctor.
Stepping into an RFDS PC-12 turboprop aircraft, Barnes describes his unique working environment and the variety of his role.
“Each day on the job is different. Our workspace is an intensive care unit in a telephone box,” Barnes said.
“We bring the hospital to the patient to deliver emergency medical treatment in the sky, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.
“It is such an important service to those who live, work and travel in the rural and remote areas of Western Australia as we are connecting these people to healthcare when they are a significant distance away.”
While Barnes will get his moment of fame in front of the camera, RFDS Kalgoorlie marketing co-ordinator Cathy Parker played a pivotal role behind the scenes.